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The Handbook of Families and Poverty covers hotly debated issues associated with public policy and funded research as they relate to families and poverty. Contributors, bringing multiple perspectives to bear, aim to show alternatives to welfare in subgroups facing specific challenges that are currently not adequately addressed by the welfare system.  Readers will appreciate the insightful summaries of research involving poverty and its relationship to couple, marital, and family dynamics.

Chapter 5: Understanding the Processes Through Which Economic Hardship Influences Families and Children

Understanding the Processes Through Which Economic Hardship Influences Families and Children
Understanding the processes through which economic hardship influences families and children

The adverse effects of low SES on mental and physical health outcomes are as close to a universal truth as social science has offered.

—Repetti, Taylor, & Seeman, 2002, p. 359

The economic changes of the last two decades in the United States (e.g., economic recessions and evidence of increasing income inequality) have enhanced ongoing interest in how social position and economic resources affect families and the development of children (Conger & Conger, 2002; Duncan & Brooks-Gunn, 1997). As suggested by the quote from Repetti and her colleagues that begins this chapter, research by developmental scholars joins with a broader initiative within the field of social ...

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