ERIC Number: ED360594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul-17
Families in Poverty: Patterns, Contexts, and Implications for Policy. Meeting Highlights and Background Briefing Report (Washington, D.C., July 17, 1992).
This document begins with highlights of a seminar meeting held in July of 1992 on poverty in America, followed by a background briefing report on the problem of poverty in the United States. This background briefing report is the first in a series of three reports. It summarizes some major themes of the vast and growing body of poverty literature, highlighting issues and questions that are of special relevance to families with children. The report briefly discusses the definition and measurement of poverty and presents some basic characteristics of poor families. It is noted that, in 1990, one in five children lived in families whose income was below the poverty line. Some of the dimensions of poverty, the new ways of thinking about poverty, that have emerged in recent years are discussed. Then the patterns and distinctive characteristics of two major types of poor families (two-parent and single-parent households) are examined in more detail. Highlights of the literature examining poverty in the urban and rural contexts are presented, looking especially at the concept of a subgroup of the poor, referred to as the "underclass." The document concludes with an annotated list of 17 resource organizations and approximately 96 selected references. (NB)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Children, Family Life, Low Income Groups, Poverty
Family Impact Seminar, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 1100 17th St., N.W., Suite 901, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Foundation for Child Development, New York, NY.; Consortium of Family Organizations.
Authoring Institution: Family Impact Seminar (FIS), The AAMFT Research and Education Foundation, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: One of a series of monthly seminars conducted by the Family Impact Seminar.