Kids from needy families face risk of poorer outcomes: Study

Nearly all have at least one negative childhood experience that could impact their future well-being

ST ILLUSTRATION: MANNY FRANCISCO

Children from low-income families in Singapore suffer a high degree of adversity, and these unhappy childhood experiences could set them up for poorer outcomes well into adulthood, a new study here has found.

Almost all of these children - nine in 10 - face at least one negative childhood experience such as abuse or parental separation, according to preliminary findings in the study by the Singapore Children's Society (SCS).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 01, 2019, with the headline 'Kids from needy families face risk of poorer outcomes: Study'. Subscribe