New Study: Effects of The 2021 Expanded Child Tax Credit On Adults’ Mental Health

Posted by Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity on January 16, 2024

A new study from a group of researchers at the University of California San Francisco finds that the expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) appears to have lessened mental health issues for low-income parents. Using data from the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, the researchers found fewer depressive and anxiety symptoms among low-income adults. Adults of Black, Hispanic, and other racial and ethnic backgrounds demonstrated greater reductions in anxiety symptoms compared to non-Hispanic white adults with children. There were no changes in mental health care use. “These findings are important for Congress and state legislators to weigh as they consider making the expanded CTC and other similar tax credits permanent to support economically disadvantaged families,” the authors say.

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