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Primate Evidence on the Late Health Effects of Early Life Adversity

Gabriella Conti (), Christopher Hansman (), James Heckman, Matthew Novak (), Angela Ruggiero and Stephen Suomi ()
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Christopher Hansman: Columbia University
Matthew Novak: Central Oregon Community College
Angela Ruggiero: NICHD
Stephen Suomi: NICHD

No 2012-008, Working Papers from Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group

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.

Keywords: rhesus monkeys; health; maternal behavior; social deprivation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 J13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2012-04
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