Tag: poverty and psychology

Psychology and Poverty: An Interview with APA President Rosie Phillips Davis

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MIAā€™s Gavin Crowell-Williamson interviews psychologist Rosie Phillips Davis about her presidential initiative to address deep poverty.

How Income Affects the Brain

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FromĀ The Atlantic: A new study suggests that lower socioeconomic status may cause detrimental changes to the brain. "...this line of research suggests that being poor...

How Poverty Changes Your Mind-Set

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FromĀ Chicago Booth Review: Several recent research studies have provided insight into both the positive and negative effects of poverty on decision-making. While people in...

The Psychology of Inequality

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FromĀ The New Yorker:Ā A number of studies show that much of the damage done by being poor comes not from the conditions of poverty itself,...

Are DNA Changes the Link Between Poverty and Mental Illness?

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Researchers at Duke University who studiedĀ 183 adolescents forĀ three years found that increased depression associated with poverty may be mediated by epigeneticĀ changes in DNA. The...

On the Corner of Distress & Poverty: What Happens to Our...

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In the last few years, Mental Health First Aid has been backed by the President of the United States, the First Lady, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the National Council on Behavioral Health (among others). In fiscal year 2015 alone, the federal budget allotted 15 million toward the Councilā€™s MHFA mission of ā€˜one million trained.ā€™ Yet, this course ā€“ promoted with unprecedented fervor and designed to support the average citizen to identify a mental health ā€˜problemā€™ in their fellow persons and (strongly) encourage them to get ā€˜helpā€™ ā€“ has little to say about the importance and emotional impact of meeting basic human needs.

Comments on Jeffrey Lieberman and Ogi Ogasā€™ Wall Street Journal Article...

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The March 3rd, 2016 edition of the Wall Street Journal featured an article by past President of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Jeffrey Lieberman and his colleague, computational neuroscientist Ogi Ogas. The article was entitled ā€œGenetics and Mental Illnessā€”Letā€™s Not Get Carried Away.ā€ In their piece, the authors started by expressing the belief that a recent study identified a gene that causes schizophrenia, and then discussed whether it is desirable or possible to remove allegedly pathological genes in the interest of creating a future ā€œmentally perfect society.ā€ The authors of the article, like many previous textbook authors, seem unfamiliar with the questionable ā€œevidenceā€ put forward by psychiatry as proof that its disorders are ā€œhighly heritableā€ In fact, DSM-5 Task Force Chair David Kupfer admitted that ā€œweā€™re still waitingā€ for the discovery of ā€œbiological and genetic markersā€ for psychiatric disorders.

Child Poverty Linked to Early Neurological Impairment

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A new NIH-funded study suggests that children from low-income environments are more likely to have neurological impairments. The researchers claim that these neurodevelopmental issues are ā€œdistinct from the risk of cognitive and emotional delays known to accompany early-life poverty.ā€