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October 20, 2020

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As Pandemic Affects Children's Health, Programs That Work Are Still Underused

Evidence-based programs known to reverse the negative effects of poverty are being widely neglected, according to a new ...

Counties With Persistent Poverty Rates Experience Higher Rates of Cancer Deaths

Residents of counties that experience persistent poverty face a disproportionately high risk of cancer ...

Most Americans Don't Have Enough Assets to Withstand 3 Months Without Income

A new study found that 77% of low- to moderate-income American households fall below the asset poverty threshold, meaning that if their income were cut off they would not have the financial assets to ...

Countering COVID-19 Impacts on Children from Low-Income Households

The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the social, educational and health care disparities already plaguing the nearly 40 million Americans the US Census Bureau estimates are living in poverty. Perhaps ...

Surging Numbers of First-Generation Learners Being Left Behind in Global Education

'First-generation learners' -- a substantial number of pupils around the world who represent the first generation in their families to receive an education - are also significantly more ...

Poor People Experience Greater Financial Hardship in Areas Where Income Inequality Is Greatest

In areas with the highest levels of income inequality, the poor are less likely to rely on their community for support due to shame or embarrassment, according to a new ...

New Insights on Overdose Rates, County Segregation, and Socioeconomics

Deaths from drug overdoses have risen dramatically in the United States over the past 20 years, and researchers seek to understand complex factors that may affect these deaths. A new study examined ...

Debt Relief Improves Psychological and Cognitive Function, Enabling Better Decision-Making

A new study demonstrates that reducing the number of debt accounts lowers the mental burden of the poor, thereby improving psychological and cognitive performance. This enables better ...

How Economic Inequality Shapes Mobility Expectations and Behavior in Disadvantaged Youth

By integrating the methods and techniques of economics and psychology, an inventive framework reveals how rising economic inequality can weaken the motivating belief that achieving socioeconomic ...

Satellite Images Reveal Global Poverty

How far have we come in achieving the UN's sustainable development goals that we are committed to nationally and internationally? Yes, it can be difficult to make a global assessment of poverty ...

Rich People Don't Live That Much Longer Than the Poor, Study Finds

Differences in how many extra years rich people live compared to poor people is only about half of what we thought, according to new ...

Why Relationships -- Not Money -- Are the Key to Improving Schools

Strong relationships between teachers, parents and students at schools has more impact on improving student learning than does financial support, new research shows. The study found that social ...

Nurseries May Trump Informal or Childminder Care for Kids' Psychological Development

Attendance at a nursery/crèche staffed by professionals may be linked to better psychological development than being looked after by family/friends or a childminder in early childhood, suggests new ...

More Minorities Labeled 'Learning Disabled' Because of Social Inequities, Study Finds

A new study suggests that the disproportionate placement of racial minorities into special education for learning disabilities is largely because of social inequities outside of schools rather than ...

Housing for Health

In a novel approach to improving outcomes for children, a pediatric hospital worked with community partners to address neighborhood effect syndrome as a target for pediatric health care -- treating ...

Lack of Paid Sick Leave Increases Poverty

A new study has quantified, for the first time, the relationship between lack of paid sick leave and poverty in the United States. The data indicates that, even when controlling for education, race, ...

Black Americans Face Education, Income Barriers to Healthy Behaviors, Study Finds

A new study reports educational opportunities and higher incomes may be key to closing the health gap between most black and white Americans. Researchers say socioeconomic factors, mainly wealth and ...

How Common Is Food Insecurity Among Older Adults?

Food insecurity occurs when people lack access to food or go hungry due to poverty or other challenges. It remains a serious problem for many older adults. Recently, a research team from the ...

Financial Structure of Early Childhood Education Requires Overhaul to Make It Accessible and Affordable, Report Says

High-quality early care and education (ECE) is critical to positive child development and has the potential to generate economic returns, but the current financing structure of ECE leaves many ...

Housing Instability Negatively Affects the Health of Children and Caregivers

When families don't have stable housing, their risk of struggling with poor health outcomes and material hardships, such as food insecurity, increases, according to a new study. Researchers ...

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