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.

Cognitive and Emotional Outcomes for Children in Poverty

Cognitive and Emotional Outcomes for Children in Poverty

Cognitive and emotional outcomes for children in poverty

For all its wealth, the United States has one of the highest rates of childhood poverty among industrialized nations. In fact, the average child in the United States is poorer than the average child in 12 of the 14 most developed nations (Rainwater & Smeeding, 2003). Today, roughly one in five of America's children are raised in poverty (DeNavas-Walt, Proctor, & Lee, 2005). Although the poverty rate fell between 1993 and 2000, current trends in the nation's poverty rate are not encouraging. Since 2000, the percentage of Americans living in poverty has increased from 11.3% to 12.7% (U.S. Census Bureau, 2004). Of the 37 million Americans living in poverty, children ...

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