Child Development

The early years of a child's life are critical to their health and development. Many factors are instrumental for children to reach their developmental milestones including proper nutrition, exercise, emotional support, and education.

The extent of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted children's health long-term development will be a much-debated topic for years to come. Scientists are striving to understand the potential long-term effects on children resulting from day-to-day disruption, social distancing measures, and even food insecurity.

Annual Reviews has curated a new review article collection to explore both environmental and behavioral impacts on child development. In this interdisciplinary collection, our experts discuss risk factors influencing childhood development, including:

  • Adversity, Trauma, and Stress
  • Parental Influence
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Poverty
  • Early Childcare and Education

Our Child Development collection includes 21 review articles from 8 Annual Reviews journals.

You may also be interested in watching: "Effects of the pandemic on the developing child", an online discussion with Ann Masten and Cynthia García Coll. The event was hosted by Knowable Magazine as part of the Reset series of events and science journalism exploring how the world is navigating the coronavirus pandemic.

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Last updated 10/2022

The Effect of Adversity, Trauma, and Toxic Stress

Effects of Racism on Child Development: Advancing Antiracist Developmental Science

Iheoma U. Iruka, Nicole Gardner-Neblett, Nicole A. Telfer, Nneka Ibekwe-Okafor, Stephanie M. Curenton, Jacqueline Sims, Amber B. Sansbury, and Enrique W. Neblett, Annual Review of Developmental Psychology

Early Childhood Adversity, Toxic Stress, and the Impacts of Racism on the Foundations of Health

Jack P. Shonkoff, Natalie Slopen, and David R. Williams, Annual Review of Public Health

Children's Socioemotional Development Across Cultures

Heidi Keller, Annual Review of Developmental Psychology

Childhood Adversity and Neural Development: A Systematic Review

Katie A. McLaughlin, David Weissman, and Debbie Bitrán, Annual Review of Developmental Psychology

Social Structure, Adversity, Toxic Stress, and Intergenerational Poverty: An Early Childhood Model

Craig A. McEwen and Bruce S. McEwen, Annual Review of Sociology

Routine Versus Catastrophic Influences on the Developing Child

Candice L. Odgers and Sara R. Jaffee, Annual Review of Public Health

Parental Influence on Development

Impact of New Family Forms on Parenting and Child Development

Susan Imrie and Susan Golombok, Annual Review of Developmental Psychology

Broadening Perspectives on the Evolution of Human Paternal Care and Fathers' Effects on Children

Lee T. Gettler, Adam H. Boyette, and Stacy Rosenbaum, Annual Review of Anthropology

Developmental Effects of Parent-Child Separation

Anne Bentley Waddoups, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, and Kendra Strouf, Annual Review of Developmental Psychology

FROM KNOWABLE MAGAZINE: Treating the growing trauma of family separation

Economics of Child Protection: Maltreatment, Foster Care, and Intimate Partner Violence

Joseph J. Doyle, Jr. and Anna Aizer, Annual Review of Economics

Health and Nutritional Risks to Development

Early Childhood Obesity: A Developmental Perspective

Megan H. Pesch and Julie C. Lumeng, Annual Review of Developmental Psychology

The Impact of Nutritional Interventions on Child Health and Cognitive Development

Christian Bommer, Nitya Mittal, and Sebastian Vollmer, Annual Review of Resource Economics

All Children Thrive: Integration of Nutrition and Early Childhood Development

Maureen M. Black, Angela C.B. Trude, and Chessa K. Lutter, Annual Review of Nutrition

The Nexus Between Nutrition and Early Childhood Development

Harold Alderman and Lia Fernald, Annual Review of Nutrition

Global Health and Development in Early Childhood

Frances E. Aboud and Aisha K. Yousafzai, Annual Review of Psychology

Poverty and Child Development

Early Childhood Development, Human Capital, and Poverty

Orazio Attanasio, Sarah Cattan, and Costas Meghir, Annual Review of Economics

Housing and Healthy Child Development: Known and Potential Impacts of Interventions

James R. Dunn, Annual Review of Public Health

Neighborhood Effects on Children's Development in Experimental and Nonexperimental Research

Tama Leventhal and Veronique Dupéré, Annual Review of Developmental Psychology

Poverty and Children's Language in Anthropolitical Perspective

Amy L. Paugh and Kathleen C. Riley, Annual Review of Anthropology

Early Childcare and Education

Intergenerational Economic Mobility for Low-Income Parents and Their Children: A Dual Developmental Science Framework

Terri J. Sabol, Teresa Eckrich Sommer, P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Annual Review of Psychology

Children and Screens

Brenna Hassinger-Das, Sarah Brennan, Rebecca A. Dore, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Annual Review of Developmental Psychology

Social Background and Children's Cognitive Skills: The Role of Early Childhood Education and Care in a Cross-National Perspective

Nevena Kulic, Jan Skopek, Moris Triventi, and Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Annual Review of Sociology

Early Care, Education, and Child Development

Deborah A. Phillips and Amy E. Lowenstein, Annual Review of Psychology


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