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Poverty’s impact on mental health, food insecurity and academic performance | RFTRW: S21E01

27 November 2023

This podcast hears how mental health and life chances of young people and their parents are being dramatically affected by post-pandemic cost of living pressures.

Dr Jake Anders, Research for the Real World podcast

Jake Anders 
Associate Professor 
Deputy Director, Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities

Dr Jake Anders returns to Research for the Real World to share findings from the COVID Social Mobility and Opportunities Study (COSMO) looking at the impact of financial struggles faced by families.

Not only is there an elevated risk of psychological distress, the research also found food bank use and long-term poverty is associated with lower GCSE attainment. This sparks additional concerns about the long-term impact of the current cost-of-living crisis.

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