Fathers experiencing economic hardship who exhibit depressive symptoms have higher levels of emotional conflict and verbal aggression than mothers.
Only 1 in 3 infants enrolled in the government's WIC program are receiving the daily recommended dose of vitamin d, a new study reports. Vitamin d deficiency plays a role in a number of disorders including rickets, multiple sclerosis, and type 2 diabetes.
Infants born to mothers living in poverty have smaller volumes of gray and white matter across the entire brain. Additionally, babies born to mothers who live in high crime areas showed differences in brain activity to those whose mothers lived in safer areas. Those born to mothers who experienced crime had weaker neural connections between brain areas that control and process emotions. Maternal stress, researchers say, could be a main factor in the differences in neuroanatomy and brain connectivity.
Study finds a link between early-life poverty and child adversity and an increased risk of developing externalizing disorders during adolescence and young adulthood, especially in females.
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.