Saturday, February 4, 2023

Tag: socioeconomic status

Loneliness Is Deadlier Than COVID

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What we are being required to do and what many are rightly electing to do for their own health—that is, social distance, isolate and quarantine—are exacerbating the felt sense of loneliness that was an epidemic long before the present crisis. The coronavirus pandemic has made it obvious that the precious-sounding axiom “we need each other” is quite literal.

Building an Intersectional Psychology of Economic Class

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Innovative research methods and interventions could address socioeconomic disparities in academic achievement.

How Pain is Treated Depends on Socioeconomic Status

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A new international study reveals how healthcare providers treat patient’s pain may depend on that patient’s socioeconomic status.

Study Finds Deteriorating Mental Health Among Poor White Americans

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Researchers find evidence of low socio-economic status White Americans’ rising distress and declining well-being since the mid-1990s.

How Income Affects the Brain

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From 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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From 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 Lower Your Social Class, the “Wiser” You Are

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From Science Magazine: A new study suggests that wisdom—specifically, the ability to take the perspectives of others into account and aim for compromise—comes much more...

Your ZIP Code Might Impact Your Health as Much as Your...

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From NPR: Doctors and healthcare professionals are increasingly recognizing the importance of social factors to patients' health. Some hospitals and providers are now asking patients for information...

Are DNA Changes the Link Between Poverty and Mental Illness?

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

Comments on Jeffrey Lieberman and Ogi Ogas’ 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 “Genetics and Mental Illness—Let’s Not Get Carried Away.” 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 “mentally perfect society.” The authors of the article, like many previous textbook authors, seem unfamiliar with the questionable “evidence” put forward by psychiatry as proof that its disorders are “highly heritable” In fact, DSM-5 Task Force Chair David Kupfer admitted that “we’re still waiting” for the discovery of “biological and genetic markers” 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 “distinct from the risk of cognitive and emotional delays known to accompany early-life poverty.”