The Effects Of Growing Up In Poverty

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Growing up in poverty can have a lasting impact on a child. Whether it is physically, emotionally, or academically, it can be a daily struggle for a child to endure. Food, shelter, health care, family, clothing, money, and other necessities are crucial for a child’s well-being. Statistics show that one in four (twenty-five percent) American children currently live in poverty (Repka). Poverty is basically the condition of people’s needs not being met. Growing up in a situation like that can have a lasting impact on a child physically. The child could be raised in an unsafe neighborhood, where gangs and other dangerous things are. They might also live in a home where they are unloved and not taken care of properly. Being in a situation like …show more content…
Positive social and emotional growth builds the communication skills necessary for learning throughout a child’s life. Research also suggests that the emotional intelligence or understanding in young children predicts their ability to follow rules which affects their ability to understand instructions and excel in a formal school setting (Slcheeman).” Being emotionally unstable is a burden a child shouldn’t have to bear. Most of the time, a child is like that because of the consequences of the parent’s …show more content…
Many children who live in poverty are not ready for school. In other countries, children are very fortunate to be able to attend a school and to receive a couple years of schooling. Most kids in third world countries receive no education. Children who live in poverty here in America are more likely to have developmental delays and learning handicaps. They also may have behavioral problems, which cause them to be put on medicines and other drugs. If the behavior problems get to bad, they usually get kicked out of school. If a family has no food, the kids may come to school hungry, and being hungry can cause the children to be distracted in the classroom, then causing them to think about it food the entire time. Not all kids who have problems academically live in poverty, but that percentage is very high. Furthermore, children growing up in poverty are more prone to having a lack of schooling, no school at all, or they struggle with school. Oftentimes, those children who do get to receive an education feel less prompted to succeed in

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