The impact of institutionalization on child development

  title={The impact of institutionalization on child development},
  author={Kim MacLean},
  journal={Development and Psychopathology},
  pages={853 - 884}
  • Kim MacLean
  • Published 14 November 2003
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Development and Psychopathology
During the past 10 years researchers studying children adopted from Romanian orphanages have had the opportunity to revisit developmental questions regarding the impact of early deprivation on child development. In the present paper the effects of deprivation are examined by reviewing both the early and more recent literature on studies of children who spent the first few years of life in institutions. Special attention is given to the Canadian study of Romanian adoptees in which the author has… 
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