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Health issues, relationship changes trigger economic spirals for low-income rural families

When it comes to the factors that can send low-income rural families into a downward spiral, health issues and relationship changes appear to be major trigger events. Fortunately, support networks -- in particular, extended families -- can help ease these poverty spells, according to new research. "We found health issues, either for a mother, child or partner/spouse, to be a recurring problem. Whether or not the health issue caused the mothers to regress from their state of functioning depended on how they were able to manage it," the lead researcher says.
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