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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.
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
Chapter 3: Living Poorly: Poverty’s Effects on Children and Their Parents
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
Food Stamp Program
Economic Policies: The Earned Income Tax Credit
Chapter 7: Can Poverty Be Eliminated? Lessons We Could Learn
Reasons for High Poverty in the United States
Comparative Family Policies
Case Study: France