Keynote Address: The Role of Caregiving in Children’s Experience of Early Adversity

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This presentation provides a conceptual and empirical overview of how early adversity affects young children’s development. Jones Harden presents findings from research on young children who have experienced socioeconomic and psychological adversity, with an emphasis on children exposed to early trauma in the context of poverty. Jones Harden also highlights the role of caregiving—internal as well as external to the family—in attenuating the impact of adversity on young children. Finally, Jones Harden describes a major national longitudinal study examining the experiences and consequences of early adversity for U.S. children—the Healthy Brain and Child Development study (HBCD).


Brenda Jones Harden, Columbia University School of Social Work

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