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Study finds: Racism effects kids as young as 5 in the classroom

9/4/2012, 12:04 p.m.
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The University of Essex reports:

"As thousands of children start school for the first time this week, a new study by the Institute for Social and Economic Research finds family experience of racial prejudice could be linked to poor outcomes for children as young as five.

The UK's first ever study of the impact of racist abuse on families finds that by the age of five, their children are more likely to struggle with cognitive tests and face more socio-emotional problems than their peers.

One in five ethnic minority mothers in the UK has experienced racist abuse and the impact on their children is evident by the time they start school, according to a new study by Professor Yvonne Kelly at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex. The study, 'Associations between Maternal Experiences of Racism and Early Child Health and Development: Findings from the Millennium Cohort Study' funded by the Economic Social Research Council, found that family experience of racial prejudice could be linked to poor outcomes for children as young as five...."

For full story see: https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/2012/09/03/damage-of-race-abuse-evident-in-reception-class