Research Links Poverty and Stress in Children with Brain Impairment

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A recent article by Rob Stein in the Washington Post notes that “Children raised in poverty suffer many ill effects: They often have health problems and tend to struggle in school, which can create a cycle of poverty across generations.” New research is providing clues to explain how childhood poverty translates into dimmer chances of success: “Chronic stress from growing up poor appears to have a direct impact on the brain, leaving children with impairment in at least one key area –working memory.”

These findings are increasingly important when considering the impact of childhood poverty on their human development and capabilities. Clearly, their ability to be productive and or happy as adults in society relies on the relationship between childhood wellbeing – not limited to income, but more so to freedoms from negative multidimensional factors such as poverty. Read the article here.


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