Written by Andrew Puhanic
During times of economic hardship, there is no doubt that the weakest and most vulnerable in our community suffer the most.
Researchers from SUNY Upstate Medical University have discovered that children who are raised in families experiencing economic hardship will most likely suffer from substance abuse when they grow up.
The study was based on results from an analysis of more than 8,900 children that were born during the 1980, 1981 and 1982 recessions who participated in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) National Longitudinal Survey that was conducted in 1997.
It was revealed that children born into areas of the United States that were affected by high unemployment were more likely to commit a crime and succumb to substance abuse.
In fact, it was also discovered that these children were 17% more likely to commit a crime or succumb to substance abuse simply because of the area they lived in, regardless of their parents economic situation.
Researchers from SUNY Upstate Medical University also found that for every 1 percentage point increase in the unemployment rate of the town, city or community that the children were raised in, they had a:
- 9% greater chance of using Marijuana.
- 7% greater chance of smoking cigarettes.
- 6% greater chance of drinking as teenagers.
Even more disturbing than the above was the fact that it was also discovered that children born into areas with high unemployment had a 9% greater chance of joining a gang.
Once the children joined a gang, they were even more at risk of committing a criminal offence and being arrested.
Finally, one other interesting observation that the researchers discovered was the fact that the incidence of gun violence in areas experiencing high unemployment did not change.
Unfortunately, the study does not speculate on the reasons why there is a link between living in areas experiencing high unemployment and unwanted behavior in children.
One could speculate that parents raising their children in areas where the unemployment rate is above average work longer hours to make up for a partner who is no longer working or because they are forced to commute longer distances to work.
Ultimately, what this study confirms is the fact that our children are heavily influenced by the environment that they are raised in.
Andrew Puhanic is the founder of the Globalist Report. The aim of the Globalist Report is to provide current, relevant and informative information about the Globalists and Globalist Agenda. You can contact Andrew directly by visiting the Globalist Report
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