IRISH RESEARCH SHOWS CHILDHOOD ADVERSITY HAS LIFE-LONG EFFECTS ON HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
Research based on the Growing Up in Ireland Study (GUI) and National Longitudinal Study of Ageing (TILDA) shows that childhood environment has life-long effects on physical and psychological well-being and contributes to chronic illness in later life. Infancy and childhood often represent a “critical period” after which remedial treatment can be both less effective and increasingly expensive. Equality of opportunity for children is permanently undermined if they begin their lives at a disadvantage in terms of physical, psychological, emotional and social well-being. At the conference “The Long Shadow Of Childhood Adversity On Health: Evidence From Ireland And Policy Implications” on 27 June, researchers from two cohort studies, one of people 50 years and older (TILDA) and the other of children (Growing Up in Ireland), will present evidence on the impact of child adversity on later health and well-being from a life-course perspective. They will also consider the policy implications of this research.
Irish Research Findings:
Prof Richard Layte (ESRI) commented that:
“With a tight national budget we need to think carefully about investing for the future. Ireland’s future prosperity depends on having an educated, creative and competitive workforce. By investing in early childhood we will be developing healthier, happier and more productive adults for all our tomorrows – and saving money in the process.”
For further Information please contact:
Richard Layte (Research Professor, ESRI), +353 1 8632014 (office), email@example.com.
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