Report highlights risks tied to childhood toxic stress

12/26/2011 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

A report published Monday in the journal Pediatrics revealed how children's response to adversity can affect brain development. In an accompanying policy statement, authors said children who face adversity were more likely to be unhealthy as adults. "It is not adversity alone that predicts poor outcomes. It is the absence or insufficiency of healthy relationships that reinforce healthy adaptations to stress," the statement says.

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