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Am Psychol. 2012 May-Jun;67(4):309-18. doi: 10.1037/a0027493. Epub 2012 Mar 5.

Child development in the context of adversity: experiential canalization of brain and behavior.

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Department of Applied Psychology, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University, NY 10003, USA. clancy.blair@nyu.edu

Abstract

The authors examine the effects of poverty-related adversity on child development, drawing upon psychobiological principles of experiential canalization and the biological embedding of experience. They integrate findings from research on stress physiology, neurocognitive function, and self-regulation to consider adaptive processes in response to adversity as an aspect of children's development. Recent research on early caregiving is paired with research in prevention science to provide a reorientation of thinking about the ways in which psychosocial and economic adversity are related to continuity in human development.

PMID:
22390355
PMCID:
PMC5264526
DOI:
10.1037/a0027493
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