Poverty: A Major Problem In The United States

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Globally, poverty is a major issue partly due to economic inequality. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, poverty is “the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions” (Poverty, n.d.). Additionally, poverty is not having the finances needed for shelter, food, or clothing, which is considered the basic necessities for everyday life. Poverty has numerous causes, consists of multiple problems, and is comprised of the poor.
Poverty is comprised of diverse groups such as, “one-parent families, children, older adults, large-size families, people of color, and the homeless” (Zastrow & Kirt-Ashman, 2013, p. 532). Poverty is not just an issue within the United States, this is a worldly issue. In rural areas people are facing poverty from the result of low pay rates, lack of education, and the increase in unemployment. Individuals or diverse groups of people
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Unfortunately, this causes others to depend on the government welfare system for assistance. Many countries have the capital that’s needed to obliterate poverty. However, they choose to use their finances to help the rich get richer, while frowning on suggested programs that would improve the lives of those living in poverty, forcing the poor to get poorer. According to Zastrow & Kirt-Ashman (2013), the conflict theory of poverty suggests that “poverty exist because the power structure wants it to exist,” (p. 536). Globally, poverty is an issue when a country’s wealth is not divided equally, causing issues of inequality and social tensions. In addition, a life of poverty prevents people from living a long, healthy, and enjoyable life. Individuals and groups of all race, sex, religion, culture and age are affected by poverty. Communities, healthcare systems, and CPS are some macro systems that are also affected by

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