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Running head: ARTICLE CRITIQUE 1 Article Critique Lizeth Garcia Lemus Liberty University Lizeth Garcia Lemus. Psychology Major, Liberty University, Lynchburg Virginia. This research is supported by Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Lizeth Garcia Lemus, Department of Psychology, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA 24502. Email: [email protected]
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ARTICLE CRITIQUE 2 Article Summary Introduction The ability purchase, rent and afford housing in the United States is a challenge that Americans face on daily basis. Taylor & Andersen (2013), suggest how the American Dream of one day “owning a home, a new car, taking annual vacations, and sending one’s children to good schools—not to mention saving for a comfortable retirement—is increasingly unattainable to many” (p. 176). In particular, low-income families find it harder to afford housing which ultimately causes them to move more frequent than higher/middle-class Americans. According to Taylor and Anderson (2013), four percent of all people that are working full-time jobs now are living below the poverty line. A majority of these low-income class worker are composed of African Americans, Hispanics Asians, and women. Furthermore, over the past years, this topic has become the center of attention since children’s health and development may be directly affected by housing problems. The article Housing and child development written by Tama Leventhal and Sandra Newman explain how housing conditions play a major role in a child’s development. More specifically Leventhal and Newman's research primary focus was based on six different areas of housing. These six main areas of focus are physical housing, crowding, residential mobility, homeownership, subsidized housing, and unaffordability (Leventhal & Newman, 2010). Low-Income Families People often believe that there are many families benefiting from government housing assistance programs, however, approximately only one-quarter of low-income households obtain any form of housing assistance (Leventhal & Newman, 2010). Many people apply but they are
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