Poverty and Adolescent Brain Development
Many of the adverse effects of poverty on children and adolescents are well-documented. As science improves our ability to research and understand the implications for the developing brain, more and more information becomes available to help us care for children more appropriately.
Learn more about the effects of poverty on adolescent brain development:
Poverty Disturbs Children’s Brain Development and Academic Performance – Income inequality is growing in the U.S., and the problem is much worse than most people believe. For children, growing up poor hinders brain development and leads to poorer erformance in schools, according to a study published this week in JAMA Pediatrics. (JAMA Pediatr. Published online July 20, 2015. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.1475. Available pre-embargo to the media at http://media.
How Poverty Stunts Kids’ Brain Development: When U.S. scientists confirmed that lead exposure from gasoline caused permanent mental disability, deafness and a host of other health problems, the Environmental Protection Agency acted swiftly in 1973, calling for the incremental reduction of lead in fuel.Child development researcher Seth Pollak of the University of Wisconsin–Madison hopes that people will come to feel the same way about poverty’s affects on children’s brain development…
Thirty-five Largest U.S. Cities Saw Increase in Child Poverty Rate Between 2005 and 20013: The 2013 American Community Survey (ACS) data show the first decline in the national child poverty rate since it began to rise in 2008. Although many cities also experienced declines between 2012 and 2013, the child poverty rate in the majority of America’s largest cities has not yet returned to pre-recession levels. Among the 50 largest U.S. cities, 35 experienced increases in child poverty rates between 2005 and 2013….