Poverty Leaves Scars on the Brains of Kids, Scans Reveal

Scans show the physical marks of poverty on kid brains

From www.futurity.org
2021-08-16 15:16:44
Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL

Researchers have discovered a link between poverty and smaller, slower growing brain regions.

Children in poverty are more likely to have cognitive and behavioral difficulties than their better-off peers. Plenty of past research has looked into the physical effects of childhood poverty, or documented mental health disparities between socioeconomic classes.

“If we can prevent poverty, we can help circumvent some of these negative outcomes.”

In their new study, researchers wanted to look at a suite of outcomes to determine whether poverty continues to affect people as they enter adulthood. And if so, how?

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