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Transitioning to poverty negatively affects children’s mental health

February 27, 2017

Experiencing a new transition to poverty significantly increased risk for mental health problems among children in the U.K., according to recent findings.

“Our study shows that moving into poverty damages children’s mental health,” Sophie Wickham, PhD, of University of Liverpool, said in a press release. “Our findings reinforce the need to monitor income-based measures of child poverty to track the effect that government's policies are having on children's lives. In order to improve mental health in the U.K. it is essential that children are protected from the toxic effects of growing up in poverty.”

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