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Poverty and the american family: A decade in review

TitlePoverty and the american family: A decade in review
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsEdin, K, Kissane, RJ
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
ISBN Number00222445 (ISSN)
KeywordsLow-income families, Poverty, Welfare, welfare reform

Because of dramatic levels of economic volatility and massive changes in welfare policies, scholars in this decade worried anew about whether our official poverty measure, adopted in the 1960s, is adequate. Poverty's causes continued to be debated, with demographic factors often pitted against policy and maternal employment changes. Some scholars focused on events that trigger spirals into poverty or poverty exits. The literature on consequences of poverty featured new techniques for identifying underlying processes and mechanisms. Researchers also explored " neighborhood effects" and focused on poverty deconcentration efforts. Finally, scholars produced a voluminous literature on the efforts to reform welfare and their subsequent effects. Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2010.