Exposure to Violence and Children’s Brain Development

Children’s brain development suffer greatly from repeated exposure to violence.

Neuroscientists working in the area of brain research have identified the first three to four years in a child’s life as being crucially important. During this time, neural pathways in the brain are formed and shaped which then influences development and general well-being.

Repeated exposure to violence from a young age can have a huge impact on the brain development of children, which can affect them later on in life.

This video talks about how exposure to violence in the home affects the brain development of infants and young children.

Produced by the Office of the Attorney General, California Department of Justice.

Domestic Violence and Childhood Development
New research on brain development suggests that exposure to extreme trauma will change the organisation of the brain, resulting in difficulties in dealing with stresses later in life. This starts early in life.  Babies and young infants exposed to abuse and neglect are more likely to experience insecure or disorganised attachment problems with their primary caregiver .

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