The social determinants of early child development: An overview

Stefania Maggi, Lori J. Irwin, Arjumand Siddiqi, Clyde Hertzman

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-635
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Social determinants
  • cross-cultural overview
  • developmental health
  • early childhood


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