The social determinants of early child development: An overview
Article first published online: 25 AUG 2010
© 2010 The Authors. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health © 2010 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 46, Issue 11, pages 627–635, November 2010
How to Cite
Maggi, S., Irwin, L. J., Siddiqi, A. and Hertzman, C. (2010), The social determinants of early child development: An overview. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 46: 627–635. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2010.01817.x
- Issue published online: 15 NOV 2010
- Article first published online: 25 AUG 2010
- Accepted for publication 9 February 2010.
- Social determinants;
- early childhood;
- developmental health;
- cross-cultural overview
Aim: This paper offers an overview of the current state of knowledge of the critical social determinants of child development and the complex ways in which these can influence health trajectories.
Methods: We conducted an overview of the research conducted by medical and social scientists in the attempt to uncover the conditions under which children reach optimal health and developmental.
Results: The first years of life represent a critical period during which trajectories of health vulnerability are determined by the complex interplay between biological, genetic, and environmental conditions.
Conclusions: There are fundamental principles of optimal child development that apply to all human beings, regardless of language and culture.