This week we learnt that even the government has admitted that the new squeeze on benefits is likely to push another 200,000 children into poverty (http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jan/17/benefits-squeeze-200000-children-poverty).
Almost every week studies come out showing the impact of poverty and economic stress and hardship on psychological health. One very interesting study which is about to be published  has shown very clearly that children born onto worse economic circumstances are likely to have a different psychological makeup through their lifespans. This research is based on Life History Theory, propounded by many evolutionary psychologists and researchers such as Jay Belsky. The science seems to be showing that if we are born into an environment where stress, anxiety, fear or trauma are likely, then we live a ‘faster life course’, and for example, breed earlier, take more risks and also die younger and have worse health.