A study spanning 17 years has found children born and raised in poverty had smaller subcortical brain regions, including the hippocampus, caudate, putamen, and thalamus. These brain areas also showed less growth over time.
People who are having trouble paying for housing and at risk of losing their homes sleep, on average, twenty-two minutes less per night than those who are home-secure. The study shows a link between home insecurity and sleep disruptions.
The effects on health, language development, emotional well-being, and social behavior associated with poverty can be seen in children as young as five years of age.
Fifty-seven social and behavioral factors have been identified as the top contributors to increased mortality. Of those, smoking, divorce, and alcohol abuse are the top factors that are associated with a reduced lifespan.
Young adults who faced extreme deprivation as children had, on average, an 8.6% smaller brain size than their peers who did not suffer from deprivation. The deprivation related changes in brain volume were associated with lower IQ and increased ADHD symptoms.
Children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, and whose mothers have lower levels of education, have weaker brain activity in areas of the brain associated with working memory and are more likely to experience attention problems.
A new study reports on the detrimental impact childhood poverty has on cognition later in life. Researchers say those who grew up socially or economically disadvantaged are more likely to score lower on cognitive tests later in life.
People who are historically more reliant on the coal industry tend to have more negative personality traits, University of Cambridge researchers report. The researchers believe this could be a lasting effect of the Industrial Revolution.
According to researchers, women living in poorer areas are 60% more likely to suffer from anxiety than their more affluent peers. However, in men, there was little difference in anxiety levels.
Researchers report maternal depression can increase the risk of behavioral and emotional problems in children.