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Where Children Grow Up: Understanding how neighborhoods effect child outcomes

In the pursuit of a fuller understanding of what influences children's development and outcomes that shape their futures, the characteristics of the neighborhoods in which they live are receiving more attention than ever before. The study of neighborhoods and their effects on children has reached new heights for several reasons: acceptance of a more contextual framework in developmental psychology; recent brain research that suggests that children's development is strongly influenced by experience and environment; a rising interest in risk factors experienced by children, such a poverty, and protective factors, such as affluence; and growing evidence that the accumulation of such factors affect the outcomes of children.


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