Fear, stress among the poor hinder learning

Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 06:14 in Psychology & Sociology

These emotions are a constant for the poverty-stricken. New ideas are emerging to combat the long-term effects. RAISED IN poverty, Dr. Shauna Blake Collins fought fear during nearly 14 years of education. A dropout from a South-Central Los Angeles high school, she earned a GED diploma at 22, became a licensed vocational nurse, a registered nurse, and finally, at 41, a physician. Confidence came only during the last two years of medical school.

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