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Study Finds Wealthier Teens More Troubled

In a study of families with incomes between a $100,000 and $200,000 a year, Professor Suniya Luthar found that kids are more troubled than their peers from lower income families. Listen to an NPR webcast of the Dr. Luthar discussing the study.
There are surprising new claims about teens from relatively affluent families. In a study of families with incomes between a $100,000 and $200,000 a year, a prominent researcher found that kids are more troubled than their peers from lower income families.

The researcher is Dr. Suniya Luthar, and her studies show that by the time they reach adolescence, affluent kids are two to three times more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, and far more likely to use alcohol and drugs than their lower income peers.

The program "Here & Now" aired on September 14, 2006 on Boston's WBUR radio station.

Published Monday, Sep. 25, 2006

Study Finds Wealthier Teens More Troubled

There are surprising new claims about teens from relatively affluent families. In a study of families with incomes between a $100,000 and $200,000 a year, a prominent researcher found that kids are more troubled than their peers from lower income families.

The researcher is Dr. Suniya Luthar, and her studies show that by the time they reach adolescence, affluent kids are two to three times more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, and far more likely to use alcohol and drugs than their lower income peers.

The program "Here & Now" aired on September 14, 2006 on Boston's WBUR radio station.
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