American Psychological Association
Growing up poor can influence people’s sense of control and in turn may lead them to more impulsive decision-making and quickly giving up on challenging tasks in uncertain situations, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.
“Two people with different childhood backgrounds are likely to respond to uncertainty in different ways, even if as adults they have a similar socioeconomic status (SES). We found that adults who grew up poor were more inclined to consider difficult and uncertain living conditions as beyond their control, while those from affluent backgrounds found them to be within their control. This leads to different reactions to the same situation,” said lead author Chiraag Mittal, MS, a doctoral student at the University of Minnesota.