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  1. Abstract
  2. Introduction
  3. Results
    1. Scope of the Problem
  4. Research on Poverty and Child Development
  5. Poverty and Cognitive Development
  6. Poverty and Physical Health
  7. Poverty and Behavioral Development
  8. Poverty and Social Development
  9. Synthesis of the Research
  10. Conclusion

The impact of poverty on the development of the child has been well examined by scholars. Although poverty's impact on the child's development has been well examined, what is often not understood by the layman is the specific areas in which poverty impacts the child's development. In an effort to provide a more integral understanding of the manner in which poverty impacts the child's development, this investigation provides an overview of the specific areas in which child development is impeded as a result of poverty. Further, this investigation considers the cycle of poverty and how it creates an environment that has a detrimental impact on every aspect of child development.

[...] Further, by examining the current literature on this subject a more integral understanding of the total impact that poverty has on child development will be elucidated. Results Scope of the Problem In order to begin this investigation, it is first helpful to consider the overall scope of child poverty in the United States. Researchers examining this issue have been quick to note that the incidence of child poverty in the US is far from rare. Each year, more children fall into poverty, making it difficult for society to overcome this problem in the long term. [...]

[...] Poverty and Behavioral Development The impact of poverty on the child's behavioral development has also been investigated. Bradley, Corwyn and Burchinal (2001) utilized six family groups of parents to examine the impact of poverty on the development of the child. These family groups included: poor and non-poor European Americans, African Americans and Hispanic families. Children were followed from birth to age 13, in an effort to understand how poverty impacted the development of the child. The results of the investigation suggest that behavioral differences between poor and non-poor families from each ethnic group could be noted. [...]

[...] Finally, research presented in this investigation shows that while the cycle of poverty that impacts the child's development can have a significant impact on the child, there are cases in which the child can develop the resilience to overcome the environment that surrounds the child. Although resiliency in children from low-income homes has been recorded in the literature, at the present time, there is considerable controversy over what promulgates such resiliency overall. As such, it is evident that more research is needed so that scholars can better understand how children from these environments can recover and provide a better life for themselves and their children. [...]

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