Poverty Affects Your Family on
If you are struggling to make ends meet, the chances are good that you already know how upsetting it is to be cash strapped and living paycheck to paycheck.
Poverty is something that not only significantly impacts adults, financial troubles can have a negative effect on children who are living in poverty.
Recent research has discovered that kids between the ages of 9 and 10 in low-income families may experience adverse brain function due to their economic position. In some cases, this neurological damage was a severe as having a stroke, as it affects the area of the brain that is used for problem solving, critical thinking and judgement.
Mark Kiskiyams, a researcher and cognitive psychologist at the University of California-Berkeley involved in the study, found that these children showed similar brain wave patterns in the prefrontal cortex lesions.
This study has been used in combination with other evidence to support the theory that living in poverty negatively changes the way children think. When this is paired with other issues like malnutrition, illiteracy, stress and unstable environments that are common with families living at or below the poverty line, these factors can set children up for a more difficult time in life.
Many people find it hard to believe that kids from lower income families not only suffer from financial difficulties, they also experience tangible troubles in their development. Children living in poverty stricken conditions have a harder time planning and concentrating on school work.
As it has always been said, it takes a village to raise a child, adults, educators and people in positions to focus their lessons and structure their teaching methods in a way that get these children to think out loud and use their capacity to strengthen their intelligence and cognitive reasoning.
When most people think of children living in poverty, this almost always brings to mind the image of a child from a third-world country with ragged clothing, sunken eyes and distended bellies. While there is no doubt that these children are living in poverty, there is a good chance that a child you know is silently fighting their own battle. Their parents may be struggling to put food on the table every night, pay their electricity bill, or make their monthly rent or mortgage payment.
By working together to offer solutions to help children and families more prosperous, we are investing in the future of our country and the generations to come, not to mention making a child's life brighter and more promising.