Study: Early-Life Adversity Hits Hard in Later Life
Adversity experienced early in life affects executive function skills and the ability to organize tasks, according to a new study.
Experiences such as poverty, abuse, divorce or substance abuse can lead to changes in a child’s brain chemistry, muting the effects of stress hormones.
These hormones rise to help us face challenges, stress or to simply “get up and go.”
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Together, these impacts on executive function and stress hormones create a snowball effect, adding to social and emotional challenges that can continue into adulthood.
While past research has pointed to the effects of adversity on executive function, and to the specific relationship between cortisol and executive function, this new study shows the additive effects over time.