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Early Childhood Poverty and Adult Attainment, Behavior, and Health

Research Update from the Institute for Children and Poverty: Early Childhood Poverty   
Research in the social sciences illustrates that both in-utero environments and early childhood experiences have long-run impacts on adult well-being; and family economic conditions in early childhood matter more for shaping later development than economic conditions during adolescence. A new study by an ICP researcher examines the influence of early childhood economic conditions in a nationally representative, longitudinal sample. Findings suggest that there are large detrimental effects of poverty between the prenatal year and age five on eventual adult earnings and work hours, but not on schooling or behavioral outcomes. Find the study, "Early Childhood Poverty and Adult Attainment, Behavior, and Health," in the January/February 2010 issue of Child Development.
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