How Racism in Early Life Can Affect Long-Term Health

Scientific American | Jack P. Shonkoff

“We all need to start paying closer attention to the science that explains how excessive adversity can undermine lifelong health as well as early learning.”

Impacts of adversity due to racism in early childhood can affect a lifetime of health. Shonkoff discusses some of the underlying reasons why young children growing up in a stressful environment can lead to issues in physiological development. Long-term health can improve by preventing these adverse experiences in early childhood.

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