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Poor Relations: Casino windfall reveals poverty's toll on Cherokee kids' behavior

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8:34am, October 15, 2003

In a cruel double whammy, poor people endure material deprivation while experiencing more than their share of mental disorders. Some scientists theorize that this disproportion of mental illness stems from individuals with genetically based psychological ailments drifting into poverty and staying there. Other researchers suspect that the stress of financial hardship undermines emotional health.

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