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Study shows that genes can protect kids against poverty

MADISON - For children growing up poor, money isn't the only solution to overcoming the challenges of poverty.

According to a new study, the genes and warm support received from parents also can buffer these children against many of the cognitive and behavioral problems for which poverty puts them at risk. The findings are published in the May issue of the journal Child Development.

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To determine the role of genes in buffering children against poverty, the researchers studied differences among the twins, some who were identical (sharing all genes) and others who were fraternal (sharing half their genes). If identical twins have levels of resilience sim......

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Kim-Cohen explains, "The warmth, mental stimulation and interest that parents pay toward their young children can make a big difference in their children's lives." She adds that many of the stimulating activities that were measured, such as taking a long walk or going to the park, cost little or no money.

With the joint role of genes and upbringin......

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