University research - Persistent poverty and children’s cognitive development: Evidence from the UK Millennium Cohort Study
Author: Andy Dickerson and Gurleen Popli
Date Published: June 2012
Centre for Longitudinal Studies, University of London
This research gives preliminary results from what is believed to be the first study to examine systematically the impact of persistent poverty on young children's cognitive development in contemporary Britain. Researchers found that seven-year-olds who have lived in poverty since infancy perform substantially worse in a range of ability tests than those who have never been poor - even when family circumstances and parenting skills are taken into consideration.
Results show that poverty has a greater impact on cognitive development than factors such as whether or not parents read to their children, take them to the library, or help them with reading, writing and maths.
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