Social Problems Linked to Poverty

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Social Problems Linked to Poverty 1) Poor Health - Many poor people can not afford adequate nutrition; about 15% of poor families are undernourished. - Poor families receive little medical care; at least one-third lack health insurance— more than twice the national average. Further, the poor have higher rates of infant mortality, the risk of death within the first year of life. - The poor experience more stress and are more likely to suffer from alcoholism, drug abuse, and violence. - The poor, who are more likely to die from infectious diseases and violence at any age, have a lower life expectancy than other groups. Thus, life expectancy for whites is about 77.5 years, while that of African Americans (who typically earn 65% as much income) is 72.2 years. 2) Substandard Housing - Poor people must contend with crowding, dangerous
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Unformatted text preview: lead-based paint, lack of heat, broken windows and locks, and collapsing walls and ceilings.- The National Coalition for the Homeless reports that at least 600,000 people are homeless in the U.S. on any given night, and as many as 2 million people are homeless at some point during a year. The number of homeless grow higher each year; the U.S. Conference of Mayors reports a steady increase in requests for emergency shelters throughout the 1990s, with a 15% increase from 1999 to 2000. The average length of time a person remains homeless is five months.- Conservatives point to personal problems in some homeless people, noting that they may suffer from mental disorders and many abuse alcohol and other drugs. In contrast, liberals point out that low wages and lack of low-income housing are the prime causes of homelessness....
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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