This book presents a comprehensive description of child, family, and community-level forces that modify the outcomes of youngsters experiencing conditions of poverty. Integrating a vast and complex array of research findings, the author elucidates salient underlying mechanisms via which poverty-related factors can affect poor children’s social and emotional development. In cohesive closing discussions, findings regarding major risk and protective forces are synthesized while delineating major directions for future work in research and theory development, teaching, and interventions and social policy. This timely and thorough volume is essential reading for students, researchers, and educators, as well as clinicians and policymakers concerned with understanding and promoting the positive development of children contending with family poverty.
Chapter 4: Poverty and the Family: Psychological Processes
Poverty and the Family: Psychological Processes
She stands with her hands on her hips. She wears shorts and a Red Sox T-shirt, bare thick arms. She is grass-stained, soggy, and bruised from hard play. She says huskily, “Ma, it's worse in here.” In one hand is a single black-eyed Susan.
The room is near ninety degrees. Houseflies wheel against the ceiling. Earlene turns her head away from the light of the open door so that it only touches the outline of her razorlike cheekbone.
Bonny Loo goes to the foot of the bed and squeezes her mother's toes. “Feel that, Ma?” she asks.
“You ain't dead yet, then!” the child chirps.
Earlene closes her eyes.
Bonny Loo waves the black-eyed Susan in her mother's ...