Affluence as a Risk Factor

Although poverty is a well-documented risk factor for children at a variety of level, affluence (and the parenting approaches sometimes linked to it) is becoming a challenge all it's own for American children. After Americans have spent decades improving their standard of living, the risk for some children now is having too much, rather than not enough. As you can see from the graphic below, affluence brings it's own set of issues for families. Although not all affluent families exhibit this over-protecting parenting style, you can see that it's common enough to produce challenges for many children.

  The Challenge of Prosperity
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