Children raised in families with very low wealth perform poorly on important reading and math tests. This finding from recent research shows that wealth deprivation – or net worth poverty (NWP) – puts children at a disadvantage in addition to traditional measures of poverty which rely solely on income (IP). The research also shows that children raised in both NWP and IP are even more disadvantaged: children in families with both income poverty and net worth poverty had the lowest scores and incidence of behavioral problems. Internalizing behavioral problems include behaviors such as withdrawal, sadness, or anxiety. Externalizing behavioral problems are behaviors . . .

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