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.

Processes of Poverty and Social Exclusion in Poor Families

Processes of Poverty and Social Exclusion in Poor Families

Processes of poverty and social exclusion in poor families

We are a clinical psychologist/ family therapist and a sociologist coming from the archipelago of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. Given the general higher prevalence of poverty in families with children (Immerval, Sutherdal, & De vos, 2001; Micklewright & Stewart, 2000), we joined forces to research the dynamics of poverty and social exclusion amongst Maltese families, those with children in particular (Abela & Tabone, in press). Even though we inhabit a very small country with its distinctive, regional, cultural, and social differences (see Petmesidou & Papatheodorou, 2006), we believe that the concept of social exclusion that has certainly “achieved a wide currency in Western Europe” (Daly, 2002, p. ...

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