It is not surprising to hear this and it is understandable on may levels– It is possible to rise out of poverty for your family but it takes discipline. The children raised in poverty may be more successful if they are not suffering emotional problems or mental illness. There is that great ( true ) movie that Will Smith is in called Pursuit of Happiness where he rose from poverty with his kid bc he was smart, and determined. Of course, living paycheck to paycheck is stressful but i have seen it happen in our restaurant business with immigrants who came here worked without any language knowledge but learned and grew and became successful restaurant owners on their own. They knew how to access services , get sponsorship etc… Those with mental illnesses or trauma that affects them will need lots of services and support and still its difficult be compliant when you are not well.