Poverty & Mental Health

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Mental health problems are more common in poor people than in other segments of American society. Social scientists have long wondered whether poverty causes the problems, or whether the problems cause poverty. A "natural experiment" in North Carolina offers a mixed answer. After a casino opened in an impoverished area, serious behavioral problems decreased in children who's family wealth increased. But symptoms of anxiety and depression remained the same. NPR's Vicky Que reports.



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