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What determines mental health, school performance, and even cognitive development? A new review in De Gruyter’s Reviews in the Neurosciences suggests that poverty and low socioeconomic status (SES) are key contributory factors. Other studies have examined the isolated effects of poverty on the brain or on behavior. However, this new review provides the first unified framework that uses evidence from the literature to directly link the brain changes that result from low SES to behavioral, pathological, and developmental consequences.

SES refers to the social standing of an individual or family, and involves factors such as wealth, occupation, educational attainment, and living conditions. As well as affecting day-to-day life, perhaps surprisingly SES can also have far-reaching consequences for our brains that begin in childhood and persist into adulthood.

The article highlights the significant influence of poverty and low socioeconomic status on cognitive development and mental health. It discusses how individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds often face challenges that affect their cognitive abilities and overall mental well-being. Studies cited in the article reveal that children from low-income families tend to have poorer cognitive outcomes, including language skills and academic performance, compared to their peers from higher-income households. Additionally, the article emphasizes the long-term effects of socioeconomic status on mental health, suggesting that individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to experience mental health issues such as depression and anxiety throughout their lives.

In summary, the article underscores the detrimental impact of poverty and low socioeconomic status on cognitive development and mental health outcomes. It highlights the urgent need for comprehensive support systems and interventions to address these disparities and provide resources for individuals facing economic challenges.

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Felisa Laboro has been working with addiction and substance abuse businesses since early 2014. She has authored and published over 1,000 articles in the space. As a result of her work, over 1,500 people have been able to find treatment. She is passionate about helping people break free from alcohol or drug addiction and living a healthy life.

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