Study: Recessions can be hazardous to kids’ health

A new study in the online edition of JAMA Psychiatry shows that growing up during periods of widespread economic instability can have long-term consequences for kids. Researchers found that babies born during the two great recessions of the 1980s were more likely to develop behavioral problems later in life than those born during boom times.The study confirms what largely seems like commonsense: Financial insecurity is stressful, and anxiety associated with unemployment and low household income can affect how well parents parent. It’s easy enough to understand how more time worrying about keeping the lights on could mean less time to focus on helping with homework and strengthening family bonds.Led by Dr. Seethalakshmi Ramanathan of the State University of New York’s Upstate Medical University, researchers used information about 8,984 youth born between January 1, 1980, and December 31, 1984 as a sample group. As TIME Magazine reports:Continue Reading…

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Study: Recessions can be hazardous to kids’ health


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