Home Life and Stress: the Impact on Children


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Consequences of Early Stress – Environment and Biology Combine

A stressful early home life may have lifelong consequences for a child. Early stressful experiences shape a child’s behaviour and impact a child’s physical health.

Autoimmune Diseases and Obesity are Related to Early Stressors

Research on orphans has shown that biological systems, including the immune system, are negatively impacted by early stress and that these effects are more easily reversed if a loving environment is provided in the early years.


Dr. Moshe Szyf