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Title: Effect of foster care on language learning at eight years: Findings from the Bucharest Early Intervention Project
Author: Jennifer Windsor
Institution: University of Minnesota
Author: Ana Moraru
Institution: University of Minnesota
Author: Charles A. Nelson
Institution: Harvard Medical School
Author: Nathan A. Fox
Institution: University of Maryland
Author: Charles H. Zeanah
Institution: Tulane University
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition
Abstract: This study reports on language outcomes at eight years from the Bucharest Early Intervention Project, a randomized controlled study of foster care. We previously have shown that children placed in foster care by age two have substantially stronger preschool language outcomes than children placed later and children remaining in institutional care. One hundred and five children participated in the current study, fifty-four originally assigned to foster care and fifty-one to continued institutional care. Even though current placements varied, children originally in foster care had longer sentences and stronger sentence repetition and written word identification. Children placed in foster care by age two had significant advantages in word identification and nonword repetition; children placed by age 1 ; 3 performed equivalently to community peers. The results show the continuing adverse effects of early poor institutional care on later language development and the key importance of age of placement in a more optimal environment.

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