Evidence continues to mount that the brains of children living
in poverty show tangible alterations. Our authors, all part of a team that studies the issue at Washington University School
of Medicine, explain the challenges and the necessary steps
needed to build a healthier and more productive society.
and the Developing Brain By Joan L. Luby, M.D., N umerous studies of children in the US across decades have shown striking correlations between poverty and less-than- John N. Constantino, M.D., & Deanna M. Barch, Ph.D. Illustration by Luisa Jung
optimal physical and mental health and developmental outcomes. Trauma, poor health care, inadequate nutrition, and increased exposures to psychosocial stress and environmental toxins—all of which have significant negative developmental impact—are likely to be involved.
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