Child Development 145 (01; 66-69) - Hembree
Controversial Issues in Child Development
Spring, 2012 


Discussion #8

Note: Reponses to these questions should be word processed, not handwritten. Discussion assignments must be turned during the class that the issue is discussed. No late assignments will be accepted. Partial credit may be assigned for attendance at discussion sessions without completion of the discussion assignment.

Use the readings on child poverty to respond to the following guiding and reflection questions.

1) Discuss three of the poverty trends revealed in the Census Bureau Report (Community Survey).

2) According to Huston (2011), how is poverty measured in the US and what limits are there to this ("absolute") measure?

3) Describe what is meant by "social exclusion" as a consequence of poverty (Huston, 2011). How does focusing on decreasing social exclusion affect efforts to combat poverty?

4) Briefly describe the social selection and social causation models for the cause of poverty. What kinds of interventions are suggested by these two models? What model of poverty cause does Huston advocate?

5) Discuss the effectiveness of early intervention programs and the conclusions drawn from study of work-based models. What conclusions and suggestions for policy does Huston make?

6) According to Drake and Rank, why should we study/consider neighborhood poverty? What measure of neighborhood poverty do they propose?

7) What are the main findings of the Drake and Rank study with respect to the racial/ethnic divide in neighborhood poverty What implications does living in high poverty neighborhoods have for these children?


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California State University, Sacramento
College of Education
Department of Child Development

Updated: January, 2012

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