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The Power of Love: Why Maternal Depression is an Economic Mobility Issue

Publication Year: 
2019
Personal Author: 
Richard V. Reeves
Corporate Author: 
Brookings Institute.
Page Count: 
31

Rates of upward economic mobility in the U.S. are too low: on this there is little disagreement from any political quarter. Children from families with fewer resources are at a high risk of poverty in adult life. These resources are usually viewed through an economic lens, most obviously in terms of income and wealth. But relationships are resources, too. At a community level, relationships are the building blocks for networks, connections, and trust, loosely described as social capital. Within families, strong and positive relationships create an environment within which children and adolescents can develop skills, confidence, and aspirations.

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