Ostrander, M. (2015, June 4). What poverty does to the young brain. The New Yorker. Retrieved from http://www.newyorker.com/
“As it turns out, the conditions that attend poverty—what a National Scientific Council report summarized as ‘overcrowding, noise, substandard housing, separation from parent(s), exposure to violence, family turmoil,’ and other forms of extreme stress—can be toxic to the developing brain, just like drug or alcohol abuse” (para. 3).
“Over the past decade, the scientific consensus has become clear: poverty perpetuates poverty, generation after generation, by acting on the brain. . . . The story that science is now telling rearranges the morality of parenting and poverty, making it harder to blame problem children on problem parents” (para. 6).