Inside a Detained Child’s Brain

Reports about conditions inside detention centers for immigrants on America’s southern border sound horrific—what’s going on inside detainees’ brains may be just as bad.
The realities these children endure fly in the face of core scientific concepts of child well-being and development, says Jack P. Shonkoff, a professor of child health and development at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, in this Q&A.
Example: Abruptly separating young children from caregivers interrupts adult-child interactions that are crucial to healthy brain development, setting the stage for lifelong physical and mental health problems.

The New Yorker

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