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.

The Effect of Socioeconomic Status on the Community Functioning of People with Serious Mental Illness and Their Families

The Effect of Socioeconomic Status on the Community Functioning of People with Serious Mental Illness and Their Families

The effect of socioeconomic status on the community functioning of people with serious mental illness and their families

Alarge body of social science research literature demonstrates a variety of negative effects of low socioeconomic (SES) status. This includes both main effects of SES itself, as well as indirect effects, including low and intermittent employment, dependence on public assistance, interrupted or inadequate housing, nutrition deficiencies, health-care maintenance and access to health-care services, social support, and personal resources limitations (Henly, Danziger, & Offer, 2005; Rank, 2001; Seccombe, 2000). These findings have been consistent across studies of adult functioning and distress outcomes (McLeod & Kessler, 1990; Turner & Lloyd, 1995), as ...

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