Children may learn coping with poverty

United Press International:

Although the poor have a higher risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer, many children who grow up poor have good health as adults, Canadian searchers say.

Edith Chen and Gregory E. Miller of the University of British Columbia say poor children are less likely to have a predictable routine and a stable home; their parents may have to work multiple jobs to make ends meet and may not be able to afford to fix a leaky roof, for example.

Miller and Chen propose a strategy that might reduce stress and improve health they call “shift-and-persist.” The first part, shift, means reappraising things that are stressful.

“For example, if you get fired from a job, you can feel miserable and lash out at people around you — or you can reassess the situation to find the bright side. You think, ‘I wouldn’t choose this, but maybe it’s an opportunity to end up in a better job down the line,’” Chen said in a statement.

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