Poverty Strikes Large Families Harder

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When one confers with others on the subject of poverty, often times the subtopics of race, laws surrounding welfare, and how poverty stricken they are comes up. One may not have any thought just to how much poverty can impact large and young families more than older and smaller ones. Larger families are hit harder according to Joseph Rowntree when it comes to the well-being and welfare of the family, and can have a negative impact on all members of the family through every aspect of their life. While for some they can grasp and understand the impact of poverty on others lives, some people may not be as informed when it comes to this subject, hence why one might decide to do a research paper on the subject matter. When one is to determine what poverty is, one must look at the Canadian definition. Poverty in Canada is measured through two ways. One is the low income cut-off (LICO) and according to Stats Canada, (2013) “are intended to convey the income level at which a family may be in straitened circumstances because it has to spend a greater portion of its income on the basics (food, clothing and shelter) than does the average family of similar size. The LICOs vary by family size and by size of community.” According to The Community Foundations of Canada (2013) the second way is called the Low-income Measures (LIM) “considers a family poor when its income is less than half of the median income for their size and type of family. This is a relative measure. In 2005, using the pre-tax LIM, 21.7% of Canadian families lived in poverty.” Using these as an understanding of poverty in Canada one can now see that the size of a family can determine how much of an impac... ... middle of paper ... ...ology/poor-and-fat-the-link-between-poverty-and-obesity-in-canadian-children-1.972762 Scott, K. (1985). Poverty. In Canadian Encyclopedia (Vol. 10, pp. 1-5). Toronto: David P. Ross, Clarence Lochhead . Retrieved October 28, 2013, from http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/poverty/ Small Families Have a High Quality of Life. (n.d.). HubPages. Retrieved September 28, 2013, from http://gmwilliams.hubpages.com/hub/Small-Families-Have-a-High-Quality-of-Life Understanding Your Context. (n.d.). Poverty in Canada. Retrieved November 1, 2013, from http://www.cfc-fcc.ca/poverty/understanding-poverty-canada-e.cfm Webster, I. (2003). Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary (11th ed.). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc.. staff, M. (2012, February 10). Definition. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved November 2, 2013, from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/depression/DS00175
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