Childhood stimulation may reduce adult violence

Reuters 28/04/2011

Toddlers in a program to encourage interaction and play with their mothers grew into adults with higher IQs, greater educational attainment and less involvement in violence than kids who did not receive the early stimulation, a new study finds. These latest results are the fourth follow-up in a series of studies since the early-childhood program ended, about 20 years ago. “The most exciting finding this time was the reduction in violent behavior, because that’s something we haven’t shown before,” said Dr Susan Walker, the lead researcher and a professor at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.