New six-minute video discusses the science of neglect

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The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has published a new 6-minute video, InBrief: The Science of Neglect (2013), which explains how significant neglect can harm to a young child's development, including cognitive delays, impairments in executive functioning, and disruptions of the body's stress response. It also looks at why effective interventions are likely to pay significant dividends in better long-term outcomes in learning, health, and parenting of the next generation. The video provides an overview of The Science of Neglect: The Persistent Absence of Responsive Care Disrupts the Developing Brain (2012), a working paper by the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. A two-page summary is also available.


  1. Maddy's avatar
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    Awesome video and I agree with Dr. Stuemky. I used to work for the State as an In Home Service provider; and this is so needed for additional training regarding neglect because there is no children's code for neglect in the state of NM.
  2. George Patrin's avatar
    George Patrin
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    Nice video explaining neglect. This 6 minute segment is a good reminder of the importance of stimulation for day care, medical and educational personnel, as well as neighbors in general. Once a community has this understanding, what "neglect" is and what it does to the growing brain and relationships, they can better watch for children coming along who show signs of prior neglect in their behaviors later in life and so get them services to (hopefully) reverse the effects of neglect. I suspect neglect is present in military families with multiple deployments when the spouse remaining at home suffers from depression, a frequent occurrence.
  3. John Stuemky MD,FAAP's avatar
    John Stuemky MD,FAAP
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    well done and simple. should be part of social worker training and for lawyers representing children in dependency hearings.
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