Poverty and 'place': does locality make a difference?

C-A Hooper, S Gorin, C Cabral, C Dyson

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The impact of poverty on child well-being is well established. Both parenting and community context are thought to play some part in this relationship, although exactly what part is debated – the relationship between communities, families and children is clearly complex. Most studies of parenting in poverty have focused on families living in deprived neighbourhoods. There is some evidence that the disadvantages associated with such neigh-bourhoods are associated with increased stress, and much policy effort has recently been focused on these areas (e.g. through area-based initiatives). However, locality is only one factor influencing poverty and social exclusion (so many families in poverty are missed by such approaches), and it is clear inequality has an independent effect on well-being. Poor families living in relatively affluent areas with greater local inequality might be expected to face a different set of issues, which have been relatively unexplored so far. This article discusses findings from a qualitative study of low-income families, which aimed to explore the relationships between poverty, parenting and children’s well-being in diverse social circumstances by including families living both in deprived and in relatively affluent areas. Our data suggests, as did a previous qualitative study, that each kind of community context may disadvantage families in poverty in substantially different ways, although there were also many similarities.
Translated title of the contributionPoverty and 'place': does locality make a difference?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7 - 10
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2007

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Publisher: Child Poverty Action Group


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