The WCPC's Poverty Research Flash series disseminates summaries of recent poverty-relevant research by Center Faculty Affiliates, grantees, and others associated with the WCPC community. We occasionally also post interviews with authors about how they became interested in the research topic, the most significant findings in the study, and implications for further research and policy.
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June 2014 POVERTY RESEARCH FLASH
Self-Affirmation Among the Poor: Cognitive and Behavioral Implications
In addition to material deprivation, researchers have been exploring various ways in which poverty can exert a psychological toll. Evidence is growing that poverty-related stigma may cause psychological stress and consume cognitive resources. WCPC Affiliate Crystal Hall and colleagues show how a self-affirmation intervention might help interrupt these processes and improve participation in anti-poverty programs. Learn more here.