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Severe deprivation in early childhood can affect mental health in adulthood

Severe deprivation and neglect in childhood can have a psychological impact on early adulthood, new study results suggest.
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Severe deprivation and neglect in childhood can have a psychological impact on early adulthood, new study results suggest.

The English and Romanian Adoptees Study tracks the mental health and cognitive development of 165 children adopted from Romanian institutions into UK families in the 1990s. The children were followed throughout childhood and compared with 52 children adopted within the UK.

Children in the institutions experienced poor hygiene, insufficient food, little personalised care and no social or cognitive stimulation, whereas the UK families who adopted them between the ages of two weeks and 43 months were socio-economically advantaged, stable and caring.

The latest part of the study followed the adoptees from ages 22-25 years. It involved 50 Romanian adoptees who spent less

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