Center on the Developing Child

Boys Report PTSD When Moved Out Of Poverty

This National Public Radio story features Center-affiliated faculty member Ronald Kessler, the lead author of a Journal of the American Medical Association study that analyzed a federal program to move families from public housing into more affluent areas. Kessler explains that while girls thrived under the program, boys developed conduct and mental health problems, possibly because they were not as welcomed by the new communities. Kessler is the McNeil Family Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. A co-author on the study is National Scientific Council on the Developing Child member Greg J. Duncan, who is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Education, University of California, Irvine.

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