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The Home

Multidisciplinary Reflections

Edited by Antonio Argandoña

In the first major work to take the home as a center of analysis for global social problems, experts from a variety of fields reveal the multidimensional reality of the home and its role in societies worldwide. This unique book serves as a basis for action by proposing global legislative, political and institutional initiatives with the home in mind.
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Chapter 4: The impact of the home environment on children’s health and cognitive and social development

Sir Harry Burns


Adverse home circumstances can have lifelong effects on children. Poor parenting leads to a series of biological effects that can potentially compromise health and educational attainment, and increase risk of criminal behaviour. Young people who experience adversity in the home can face a difficult future, which could lead, in turn, to adverse effects on their own children. Chaotic homes can, therefore, affect the life chances of subsequent generations. Improving health, reducing crime and enhancing attainment in society requires provision of support for families to improve the ability of parents to nurture babies and support children as they grow.

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