Your Children’s Environment Affects Their Biology


These resources are now owned and operated by Child Health BC who is making them freely available to parents, caregivers, families and anyone supporting healthy child development in the early years.

What Parents Need to Know about Phenotypes and Genes

Your child’s behavior and health later in life are determined by their early social environment which interacts with their biology. Adversity can create a behavioural phenotype that may be inappropriate to the world your child will grow into.

Maladaptive Behaviours Develop When the Social Environment is Unsupportive

In the early years, a child’s genome interprets and adapts to stressful information.  An unsupportive community sends signals that can have life-long consequences.


Dr. Moshe Szyf