FAQ about Child Poverty & Family Economic Hardship

Posted on May 10, 2010

10 Important Questions about Child Poverty & Family Economic Hardship

The National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University has put together a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) guide to children’s poverty and economic hardship in the US.  The following questions are answered in the FAQ.

What is the Nature of Poverty and Economic Hardship in the United States?

1. What does it mean to experience poverty?
2. How is poverty measured in the United States?
3. Are Americans who experience poverty now better off than a generation ago?
4. How accurate are commonly held stereotypes about poverty and economic hardship?

How Serious is the Problem of Economic Hardship for American Families?

5. How many children in the U.S. live in families with low incomes?
6. Are some children and families at greater risk for economic hardship than others?
7. What are the effects of economic hardship on children?

Is it Possible to Reduce Economic Hardship among American Families?

8. Why is there so much economic hardship in a country as wealthy as the U.S.?
9. Why should Americans care about family economic hardship?
10. What can be done to increase economic security for America’s children and families?

To see the answers and download a PDF Version of the FAQ, visit: http://www.nccp.org/faq.html


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