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Title:Primate evidence on the late health effects of early life adversity PDF Logo
Authors:Conti, Gabriella
Hansman, Christopher
Heckman, James J.
Novak, Matthew F. X.
Ruggiero, Angela
Suomi, Stephen J.
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6495
Abstract:This paper exploits a unique ongoing experiment to analyze the effects of early rearing conditions on physical and mental health in a sample of rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). We analyze the health records of 231 monkeys which were randomly allocated at birth across three rearing conditions: Mother Rearing, Peer Rearing, and Surrogate Peer Rearing. We show that the lack of a secure attachment relationship in the early years engendered by adverse rearing conditions has detrimental long-term effects on health which are not compensated by a normal social environment later in life.
Subjects:rhesus monkeys
health
maternal behavior
social deprivation
JEL:I12
J13
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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