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Poverty as a Threat to Adaptive Adequacy

Health & Psychology United States of America

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The proposed research examines a novel intervention strategy for ameliorating the cognitive consequences of poverty, with the potential of improving the mobility of individuals in socioeconomic distress but who have access to resources that could help them advance their financial and career success. Existing research has shown that the experience of poverty reduces mental bandwidth, and that affirming the self can help mitigate these negative effects. The proposed experiment extends this work by examining whether a dignity affirmation intervention increases psychosocial, health, and economic outcomes in the face of COVID-19 among a representative sample (N = 5,000) of U.S. households.

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