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The long term-effects of severe early childhood deprivation on human development: The young adult follow-up of the English and Romanian Adoptees study.
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Edmund Sonuga-Barke præsenterer i sin forelæsning resultaterne af et longitudinelt studium af udviklingen hos 165 rumænske børn, adopteret til England i starten af 90’erne – sammenlignet med udviklingen hos børn adopteret fra England i samme periode. Forskerne har fulgt børnene som 4-, 6-, 11- og 15-årige og afdækker betydelige psykosociale og fysiske problemer relateret til de afsavn, børnene har lidt, og til længden af den periode, de har opholdt sig på institutioner.
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“The long term-effects of severe early childhood deprivation on human development: The young adult follow-up of the English and Romanian Adoptees study.” v/ Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke, Kings College, London.
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Edmund Sonuga-Barke is currently Professor of Developmental Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Kings College London. He also has Visiting Chairs at Ghent University, Aarhus University and the University of Sussex. He is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
Motivated by his own experience of growing up as young person with dyslexia, his research focuses on improving the lives of children and adolescents with neuro-developmental disorders. To this end, he employs basic developmental science approaches to study the pathogenesis of neuro-developmental conditions; their underlying genetic and environmental risks, mediating brain mechanisms and developmental outcomes.
In 2016, Prof Sonuga-Barke was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
He is a husband (Funke), father (Pascale and Julien), a life-long Derby County FC supporter, a soul music aficionado and a Roman Catholic.
The English and Romanian Adoptee (ERA) Project
The English and Romanian Adoptee (ERA) project is a longitudinal, multi-method investigation of the development of children adopted into the UK from Romania in the early 1990’s. It has been part-funded by the Nuffield Foundation, most recently to enable a follow up of the children aged 15.
The ERA, led by Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke and Professor Michael Rutter (co-PI), has followed a random sample of 165 Romanian children, most of whom had spent their early lives in institutions in which conditions ranged from poor to abysmal. Its aim is to examine the extent to which children could recover when extreme deprivation in early life is followed by a middle childhood within a safe family environment.
The study has shown that children who experience extreme institutional deprivation will usually make a huge improvement in psychological functioning following successful adoption. However, a substantial minority of those adopted after the age of sixth months will continue to experience significant problems.
The Romanian children, adopted by UK families before the age of three and a half, were studied at ages four, six and eleven and fifteen. As a control group, 52 adopted children from the UK who had not lived in institutions were also studied.