|Defining Poverty Issue1 #10072|
"The U.S. federal government defines poverty as an income of less than $16,000 a year for family of three, and less than $20,614 for a family of four; but most research shows that it takes more than twice those amounts to cover basic expenses for such families."
According to U.S. Census Bureau poverty definition is the "Following the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Statistical Policy Directive 14, the Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who is in poverty. If a family's total income is less than the family threshold, then that family and every individual in it is considered in poverty. The official poverty thresholds do not geographically, but they are updated for inflation using Consumer Price Index (CPI-U). The official poverty definition uses money income before taxes and does not include capital gains or noncash benefits (such as public housing, Medicaid, and food stamps)."
According to Dinitto "deprivation- insufficiency in food, housing, clothing, medical care, and other items required to maintain a decent standard of living." (P.67)
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Author: Diana Dinitto
Publication info: 2003
Cited by: Julio Rausseo 3:24 PM 12 May 2009 GMT
Citerank: (6) 13511Is Unemployment Increasing In America?Though the TANF helps put families to work, if they cannot find a job they will lose the money the government is giving them; "forty-five states have adopted time limits that cut off aid fr the whole family." (Dinitto p.205)
8FFB597, 13514"Do minorities suffer educationally becasue of racial isolation?""Black and Latino youngster lag significantly behind whites on every significant measure of academic achievement" (p, 85).
(Dinitto 2003 p 390) "Affirmative action is based on the notion that minorities should be admitted to their representation in the population."
959C6EF, 13876Causes of povertyWhat are the causes of poverty?
According to Dinitto, in a study conducted about poverty rates, 26.5% of the poor in the country are african americans, 14.0% are asian, and 27.1% are hispanic compared to only 8.6% of the poverty are white (p.70)
8FFB597, 15140Effective ways of preventing poverty?What are effective ways of preventing poverty?
Get rid of the notion that being poor is a way of life; The culture of poverty-" involves not just a low income but also attitudes of indifference along with lack of incentives and of self-respect." (Dinitto p.80)
8FFB597, 18677It all comes down to moneyWhen insurance companies are set up to make money and not help people they are motivated to not pay out on claims. There for driving up premiums. This is where universal health care would greatly help.
959C6EF, 18678Yes, because being homless tends to cause mental health problemsIf we are going to be able to get people out of poverty we are going to have to rehabilitate them because living the impoverished homeless life style takes a toll on the mind. When a person is reintroduced to "normal life" that can be very stressful and cause more problem.