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This critical new volume takes a hard look at the well-being of poor women in North America. It provides a rare opportunity to focus on one of the most pressing, but neglected social issues of our timethe injurious health consequences of impoverishment among women. A distinguished group of experts reviews the adequacy of our social and health policies and comments on a wide range of issues relating to poverty, gender, and health. Topics include the diversity in the population of poor women, the health and safety conditions of the work environments of working-poor, and factors that influence health conditions among poor and racial/ethnic women.
Table of ContentsContents Preface
- Women and Poverty: A Demographic Overview
- The Health Plight of Rural Women
- Women and Poverty: The Effects on Reproductive Status
- The Working Environment of the Working Poor: An Analysis Based on Workers' Compensation Claims, Census Data, and Known Risk Factors
- Illness-Engendered Poverty Among the Elderly
- Changing Patterns of Health Insurance Coverage: Special Concerns for Women
- A Research Agenda on Issues Affecting Poor and Minority Women: A Model for Understanding Their Health Needs
- State-Level Public Policy as a Predictor of Individual and Family Well-Being
- Is Being Poor a Mental Health Hazard?
- Afro-American Women, Poverty, and Mental Health: A Social Essay
- Poverty, Self-Concept, and Health: Experience of Latinas
- A Social Essay on Special Issues Facing Poor Women of Color