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Is poor air quality affecting your child’s confidence?

Is poor air quality affecting your child’s confidence?

The toll that air pollution takes on a person’s physical health is well documented. But new University of Georgia research suggests there could be another price too: a child’s drive to be successful. UGA researchers investigated noncognitive traits — patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors — in adolescents who lived in areas of concentrated air pollution in China. These noncognitive traits, sometimes called “soft skills,” are associated with a child’s ability to find academic, social and professional success. Their findings were troubling. “As air pollution increased, data showed there was also a higher amount of psychological stress and a reduction…
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