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How childhood adversity curbs our potential for productive, ...

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How childhood adversity curbs our potential for productive, happy lives

A Wits study shows that the economic impact and social burden of violence in childhood costs SA almost 5% of GDP

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Adverse childhood experiences, from physical and sexual violence to poverty and neglect, are likely to severely hamper an adult’s potential for a productive, prosperous and healthy life.

A study conducted by Sara Naicker of the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development at Johannesburg’s Wits University, and published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, has unpacked the impact of early life adversity on human capital outcomes.

Using the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) index — a tally of individual adverse childhood experiences — adjusted for the South African context, the study measured the number and type of adversities experienced in childhood...

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