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Poverty During the Early Years: Does it Matter?

If you'd like to attend this free lecture, please contact Jas Bains to book your place.


Mechanisms underlying the links between child poverty and health are not fully understood in industrialised countries. Experiencing deprivation during the early years matters for health in adulthood but does it matter for children’s health in rich countries and how is that so?

Using results from our recent analyses of data from the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development, this lecture will examine trajectories of children exposure to poverty from birth up to 8 years old. Then, it will look at how timing and duration of poverty in early life might influence the health of young children.

The potential mediating role of biological vulnerability at birth and/or of early exposure to various psychosocial adversities in the relationship between poverty and child health will also be discussed.

The case of asthma will be used to illustrate.

At a Glance
Date: Wednesday 28 April 2010
Time: 4pm to 6pm
Location: Room R0.12, Ramphal Building
Open To: Everyone
Cost: Free (booking required)
Summary: Lecture on the effect of child poverty on health by Professor Louise Séguin, University of Montreal