Are children who lose a parent at greater risk of physical stunting?

Finlay_FinkHarvard Pop Center Research Scientist Jocelyn Finlay, PhD, and faculty members Gunther Fink, PhD, and Wafai Fawzi, DrPH, are authors on a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health that has found young children in low- and middle-income countries who have lost a mother are at increased risk of stunting. Being in the care of the surviving parent (or grandparents), however, was found to mitigate these adverse effects of parental loss. Insights from this study could help to shape social policies so that support could be offered to these key caregivers.