Essay on State of America’s Children: Child Poverty

1330 Words Dec 6th, 2013 6 Pages
State of America’s Children:
Child Poverty
Argosy University Online
November 20, 2013

Abstract America is one of the riches countries in the world it is home to approximately 406 billionaires and many millionaires, babies are being born into poverty about every 32 seconds everyday (Children’s Defense Fund, 2010). The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) reports one is every five children are born in to poverty and children constitute for the poorest age group in America (Children’s Defense Fund, 2010). About 22% of children in American families are officially considered poor (National Center for Children in Poverty, 2013). Extreme poverty exists when a family of four lives below or half the annual poverty level of
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The risks due to poverty also increase in children who were exposed to poverty at a young age and/or experience profound constant poverty (National Center for Children in Poverty, 2013).
The reason why the data and the information I researched is important to understand in the context of child development is that it justifies some of theories presented by psychologists concerning poverty and child development. Research has clearly proven that poverty in children has the most largest and detrimental effect on a child’s well-being (National Center for Children in Poverty, 2013).
Studies have shown that there is a link between poverty and early childhood development (Beck, T., 2002). Various scholars over many years have tried to answer the well-established question “"To what extent does childhood poverty adversely affect cognitive, language, and social development and thereby reduce opportunities for success and happiness in adulthood (Beck, T., 2002)?” To begin to answer the question much research had taken place (Beck, T., 2002). There had been extensive research completed over two decades on both developmental psychology and economics. First with regard to economics the study would speculate on how the consequences of poverty affected children in various ways. Secondly the research conducted would bring about valuable information that would be vital to aid policymakers in assisting in helping poor children (Beck, T., 2002).
Research was done on the relationship

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