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early experience

experience acquired in the first 5 years of life, which is believed to have a significant influence on a child’s subsequent cognitive, social, and emotional development. Whereas theorists in the first half of the 20th century believed that early experience permanently determined a child’s development, subsequent research has indicated that later experience can modify the effects of early experience.

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guilty but mentally ill (GBMI)

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