Friday, September 19th, 2014

Research Suggest Growing Up Poor Creates Risk Of Physical And Psychological Problems As An Adult

New research finds the stresses of growing up poor can have a lasting impact that foretell a greater risk of both physical and psychological problems as an adult. Doctor K. Luan Phan with the University of Illinois College of Medicine is senior author of the study, which found children at age nine from lower-income families showed less activity in areas of the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain thought to regulate negative emotion. The result, he says, can manifest in adulthood as problems with stress, anxiety, depression, impulsive aggression and substance abuse.
 
Doctor Phan says children of lower-income parents face many chronic stressors, such as substandard housing, crowding, noise, family turmoil, violence or family separation – all of which can affect brain function in terms of regulating emotions.

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