Families and Poverty: Volume I in the ''Families in the 21st Century Series'' / Edition 1

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Poverty is a social problem, and finding solutions requires us to look closely at our society, laws and social institutions. Families in Poverty brings together the best and most recent quantitative and qualitative data to examine poverty among U.S. families, the problems poor families face, and discusses how solutions to poverty do exist. Some major topics found in the text include: Trends in poverty in the United States; Discussion on how poverty is measured and defined; Critiques on several explanations of poverty; Consequences of poverty on children and adults; Labor market issues such as unemployment, minimum wage, employer-sponsored fringe benefits; Programs in the United States designed to eliminate or red.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205502547
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 11/8/2006
  • Series: Families in the 21st Century Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 466,982
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Seccombe, Ph.D./MSW, is a sociologist and Professor of Community Health at Portland State University, whose research focuses on social stratification and family sociology. Her work on the health and well-being of poor families, and on the affect of U.S. health and welfare policies, appears frequently in leading social science journals. She is the author of several other books including “So You Think I Drive a Cadillac?” Welfare Recipients’ Perspective on the System and Its Reform, Second Edition (Allyn and Bacon, 2007), Families and their Social Worlds (Allyn & Bacon, 2008), and (with K. Hoffman) Just Don't Get Sick: Access to Health Care in the Aftermath of Welfare Reform (Rutgers University Press, 2007).

The "Families in the 21st Century" Series Editor is Susan Ferguson, Associate Professor of Sociology at Grinnell College. Her own research interests include the never-married and women's health issues. She is the author of Shifting the Center: Understanding Contemporary Families, 3/e (McGraw-Hill, 2007).

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Putting a Face on Poverty



Robert and Maria

Poverty is a Structural Problem

Conclusion and Organization

Chapter 2: Who Are the Poor, and What Exactly is Poverty, Anyway?

How Many are Poor?

How is Poverty Measured?

Inequality in Wealth and Income

Social Class

Chapter 3: Living Poorly: Poverty’s Effects on Children and Their Parents


Physical Health

Cognitive Abilities and School Achievement

Children’s Mental Health, Social Adjustment, and Well-being

Consequences for Adults


Chapter 4: How Americans View Poverty: Why Are So Many Families Poor?

Historical Views About Poverty

Current Views About Poverty

Chapter 5: Welfare and Its Reform: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

History of Cash Assistance Programs

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF): “Ending Welfare As We Know It”

What do Welfare Recipients Think of Welfare Reform?

How is TANF Working? Research Findings

Chapter 6: Building Resiliency: Programs and Policies for Families

Family Resiliency

Food Stamp Program

Health Insurance

Head Start

Economic Policies: The Earned Income Tax Credit

Social Security

Chapter 7: Can Poverty Be Eliminated? Lessons We Could Learn

Reasons for High Poverty in the United States

Comparative Family Policies

Case Study: France


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