Study highlights the effects of early life deprivation in young adulthood

The study suggests that early life deprivation can have a lasting psychological and neurodevelopmental impact even after years of nurturance in supportive adoptive families.

Adoptees who had experienced deprivation for less than 6 months showed similar psychological and behavioural outcomes to those who had never experienced deprivation, highlighting a need for evidence-based early interventions within this population. Practitioners, foster carers and adoptive parents of children who have suffered deprivation might also want to consider the impact this has on childhood and through to adulthood – particularly when assessing and looking after the child. 

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