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Separation and Children’s Brains

Even brief separations can impair the brain development of a young child or infant.

Publish Date: Topic: Body + BrainBody & BrainNova
By Ari Daniel

In May and June of 2018, over 2,000 migrant children were forcibly separated from their parents after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border following the announcement of President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy. The separations may have long-term health implications, stemming from psychological and social trauma. What exactly happens in the brain of the child during separation, and is it possible to ever recover?

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