Poverty can be simply defined as “the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions” (Encyclopedia Britannica 2014). There are two distinct variations of poverty – absolute poverty and relative poverty, which will be further discussed throughout this essay. The total number of people worldwide who live on less than $2.50 (the bare minimum of the poverty line) is 3 billion (Global Issues, The Human Development Report, 2012). According to many, there are a varied number of consequences for those who live in poverty, especially children and families. The effects of poverty have proven to have detrimental effects on child development and the nature of family life.
According to the United Nations Social Policy and Development Division, inequalities within income distribution, access to information, productive resources, basic social services, and markets, causes poverty to be exacerbating. Gender discrimination is one of the main factors in holding women and children around the world in poverty. There’s an unconventional saying that expresses poverty as a cause of disasters and disasters as a cause of poverty. When disasters strike, penurious people often lose their assets on which their survival depends on. At the same time, their scarce resources, lack of access to education and health services can increase their exposure to perilous risks.
Poverty is defined as the lack of the minimum food and shelter necessary for maintaining life. It has become the biggest global issue because it involves a big percentage of the population. Today it is estimated that more than 35 million Americans which is approximately 14 percent of the population live in poverty. The numbers are high and only continue to get higher. Statistics have shown that poverty is increasing.
Poverty can be described as many things, it can be described as hunger, lack of shelter, not having access to school, not knowing how to read and much more. Despite the definitions, one thing we know for sure is that poverty is a complex societal issue. Poverty is a large cause of social tensions and threatens to separated a nation because of the issue of inequalities, more specifically, income inequality. Poverty is a main impact of globalization, it can affect a whole nation by furthering inequalities. Overall, has affected all of developing countries and has a crucial impact on developed countries.
Leaving the population of these countries uneducated creates a vicious cycle that only sends them spiraling deeper into these problems. Education is an important issue that needs addressed immediately for change to occur. The lack of education in today’s developing countries is obvious. Literacy rates in several countries are devastatingly low. Often, the majority of people cannot read or write, or can only do so to a very small degree.
Families that do not make enough income rely on food stamps. However, families that make a little, emphasis on the little, over the standard income are disqualified for the program. In other words, they are stuck; they make too little to provide enough food for the table and yet make too much to receive food stamps. There are research findings that have proven children in poverty are more likely to display higher rates of disruptive behavior (Roy & Raver, 2014). For the reason that parents who live in poverty are at higher risk in losing their jobs, working multiple jobs, poor health care, and unsafe neighborhoods, it is difficult for parents to have quality and efficient childcare and healthy parenting styles.
Poverty is a global epidemic that contributes to the deaths of millions each year. However, poverty is more prominent in some areas around the world than others. The Oxford dictionary defines poverty as the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support, but it’s so much more. Poverty can be defined as being hungry, lacking shelter, being unable to go to school, being unable to see a doctor, or being powerless and having a lack of freedom. The reason behind the many descriptions of poverty is that poverty has many faces, and its definition changes depending on the place and time, however the effects of poverty on the poor are always the same.
American society is becoming harder for those to get ahead and live the American Dream; living above the status quo takes dedication, perseverance, and tenacity. Poverty has many different meanings throughout the world, to some, poverty is a third-world country; however, in America poverty is generally categorized in two ways. Situational poverty is one way; this means that the person is considered to be in poverty because of certain circumstances that they may be undergoing. However, the second, and much more oppressive to our society as it seems, is generational poverty. “Seventy-one percent of the participants also reported that their personal worth was judged by the kind of work their parents did or did not do” (Beegle 13).
If a lone parent has children and doesn’t have a well-paid job, the lone parent will find it hard to provide for his or hers children. This could lead the parent to be overworked trying to provide money for the family, they could also experience poor mental and physical health, and this could affect children mentally and physically too. There are a lot of different factors causing poverty, leading families with small children to living a life of poverty. This is a current issue that is rising, people may not pay much attention to these children but they are the future and they need help. Child Poverty happens in almost every country even if it doesn’t seem like it... ... middle of paper ... ...owing that there are children like her in Hong Kong that are going to grow up to do the jobs that her parents are doing.
It has been argued that the "negative orientation toward life and work makes them ill-equipped to enter the societal mainstream (p. 195, Parrillo)." Family life, like intelligence and poverty culture, places blame of poverty on the individual. It has been consistently found that family instability is most common among the poor than in any other economic class.... ... middle of paper ... ...overty will continue to grow. Due to the individual and societal influence that is placed on poverty, the amount of poor people in the world has grown consistently. A unified plan is mandatory, otherwise, poverty will continue to grow and create a serious threat to our general welfare.