Overstressed Kids

Examining the Impact of Economic Insecurity on Children and Families

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

October 18, 2011


Stress is any perceived adverse situation that upsets children or parents. While some stress can be positive, excessive levels of stress on children adversely affect normal development. This report looks at general factors affecting family economic status and the relationship between a household’s financial situation and childhood stress, growth and development. 

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Key Takeaway

family economic stress can affect the growth and development of children

Better child outcomes are associated with family assets: families with greater income, more years of education and steady jobs who are living in safe neighborhoods rich with services and supportive networks.

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