Research Could Boost Prospects of Kids Harmed by Stress

The biological understanding of how social adversity is linked to physical and mental health problems indicates a need for better policy.

In a June, 2013 Psychiatric News article, writer Aaron Levin describes how W. Thomas Boyce M.D. (Interim Director at the Human Early Learning Partnership), Megan Gunnar, Ph.D., and Jack Shonkoff, M.D., addressed the ways that toxic stress affected children living in poor socioeconomic circumstances.

“There is a pervasive difference in the experience of everyday life when you compare children growing up in the middle class to those in disadvantaged circumstances,” says Boyce.

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