We already know that children who grow up in poverty tend to perform worse at school than kids who have more affluent backgrounds.

 

But according to a new study, being raised with little money can even affect a child's ability to form relationships.

 

Published by the National Children's Bureau in the UK, the study found that youngsters who have experienced poverty are three times as likely as those who have never been poor to fall out with their friends "most days."

 

The study also found that more than a third of children in persistent poverty demonstrated a tendency to play by themselves, compared with just a quarter of children who had never experienced poverty.

 

 

Furthermore, poor kids are four times more likely to get into fights than their more affluent peers. 

 

Worryingly, they're twice as likely to bully - or indeed to be be bullied themselves.

 

"Having good friends and a happy family life is a cornerstone of positive childhood experiences," said Enver Soloman, director of evidence and impact at the National Children's Bureau.

 

"Our research confirms that living in persistent poverty is linked with factors that can undermine these relationships, with a higher risk of experiencing problems like bullying, falling out with friends or having difficulty confiding in others.”

 

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