Spare the rod – the biology of poverty and violence

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Child poverty causes lifelong problems

Spare the rod – the biology of poverty and violence


Scientific advances in human biology may soon have a profound bearing on the policies that governments and organizations adopt towards young mothers, caregivers and babies in poor and stressed communities. 

There is an emerging body of scientific evidence to show that the environment in which a very young baby develops is pivotal in shaping its brain in ways that can significantly influence its chances in later life.  

“Toxic stress”, depicting a relentless cycle of stress infl...


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