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Unpacking the relationship between parenting and poverty: Theory, evidence and policy

Unpacking the relationship between parenting and poverty: Theory, evidence and policy

La Placa, Vincent and Corlyon, Judy (2015) Unpacking the relationship between parenting and poverty: Theory, evidence and policy. Social Policy and Society, 15 (1). pp. 11-28. ISSN 1474-7464 (Print), 1475-3073 (Online) (doi:10.1017/S1474746415000111)

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Abstract

Policy discourses around child poverty and its causes and effects on families emerged in the 1990s, culminating in the Coalition government's emphasis on the quality of couple relations in improving child outcomes and in reducing child poverty. This article reviews and updates the current evidence base around the relationship between parenting and poverty. Evidence suggests an intricate relationship between complex and mediating processes of, for instance, income, parental stress, disrupted parenting practices and neighbourhoods and environments, as opposed to a simplistic causal relationship between poverty, parenting and child outcomes. The article then proceeds to suggest responses to enhance the evidence and research. Lastly, it considers the implications for child poverty policy, arguing that current responses are too simplistic and do not sufficiently reflect the evidence base.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Parents; Poverty; Dynamics; Research; Social policy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
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Last Modified: 11 Apr 2017 08:43
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Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/13159

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