Neuroscience provides more evidence of the importance for teachers to act as part of a family’s team in developing resilient young people.
Research in the ever-evolving field of neuroscience has linked maternal depression to increased cortisol levels in children. A group at Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child has shown that mom’s depression can influence her child in the early childhood years and may cause lasting damage in the child’s ability to cope with and manage stress. Their studies found increased cortisol levels in children whose mothers experienced depression when the child was in early childhood.
The silver lining is that while cortisol levels may illicit inappropriate responses to stress throughout life and cause damage in the hippocampus, the stress response can be mediated by the presence of a consistent, comforting adult.
That’s us, teachers.
Source: How Stress Disrupts Brain DevelopmentNational Scientific Council on the Developing Child. (2014) Excessive Stress Disrupts the Architecture of the Developing Brain. Harvard University. Retrieved from: http://developingchild.harvard.edu/