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How Can Racism Affect Child Development?

Adversity in early life can disrupt the development of the brain and lead to chronic stress

April 5, 2022

Recently the Center on the Developing Child (CDC) at Harvard University looked at how racism gets “under the skin,” as they explain it, and affects learning, behavior, and lifelong health. As they point out in this infographic, “Advances in science are presenting an increasingly clear picture of how significant adversity in the lives of young children can disrupt the development of the brain and other biological systems.” These early disruptions — while often invisible to those who don’t experience them — can undermine opportunities for young people and lead to chronic stress activation.

Center on the Developing Child Infographic

To learn more about the sources the CDC used to create this infographic: https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/racism-and-ecd/

 

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