The Challenges Of Child Poverty As An Imperfect World

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The official poverty rate in 2014 was 14.8 percent, meaning 46.7 million people were living in poverty (U.S. Census Bureau). Poverty today affects us all and because we live in such an imperfect world, we as a society will never be equal. Poverty is such a detrimental concern in our society and those living in poverty lack so many of the essentials that many take for granted. America is widely known for being home of the brave and free where everyone is deserving of human rights. However, the question remains as to why so many populations worldwide are suffering from shortages in food and clean drinking water, healthcare, education, and housing. Studies have shown that poverty is not simply caused by individuals refusing …show more content…
Child poverty has been defined as children living in poverty who are deprived of nutrition, water and sanitation facilities, children who live in poverty also don’t have access to basic health-care services, shelter, education, and protection. And while the lack of goods and services is harmful to all human beings, it is most threatening and hurtful for children (Gordan & Nandy, 2012). Child poverty is not only a global issue that affects an estimated half of the children in the world but it’s barriers can consist of access to achieving any form of success through participating in school education (McKinney, 2014). Researcher have “argued that children hold the key to breaking the poverty cycle, and that nothing is more effective than given children a good start in life” (Gordan & Nandy, pg. 43). Studies have also shown that the mind and bodies of infants and young children can have lifelong damage due to deprivation (Gordan & Nandy, 2012) and that children are more likely to live and suffer from poverty more than adults and have been suggested to be the primary link to transferring poverty upon future generations (Gordan & Nandy, …show more content…
Some problems may include feelings of anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. Long-term poverty has been associated with children’s feelings of anxiety, unhappiness, and dependence, while current poverty is associated with acting out, disobedience and aggression. Overall, poor children may be less likely to have the kinds of buffers in their lives that can protect them. For example, lower income families are more likely to be headed by a parent who is single, has low educational attainment, is unemployed, has low earning potential, and is young. These parental attributes, separately or in combination, might account for some of the observed negative consequences of poverty on

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