Peter Smith

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Some Early Childhood Experiences Shape Adult Life

Two recent studies further support the idea that some experiences in early childhood help shape adult life:

  1. ‘Tthe type of emotional support that a child receives during the first three and a half years has an effect on education, social life and romantic relationships even 20 or 30 years later. Babies and toddlers raised in supportive and caring home environments tended to do better on standardized tests later on, and they were more likely to attain higher degrees as adults. They were also more likely to get along with their peers and feel satisfied in their romantic relationships’.
  2. For some children (those who were especially sensitive and distrustful as babies), their early experiences helped predict ‘whether or not they end up developing social anxiety disorder as teenagers’.

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This entry was posted on December 20, 2014 by in Psychology and tagged .
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