Growing Up In Poverty In The United States

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Growing Up In Poverty Poverty, or the state of not having enough money to fulfill the basic necessities in life, is a long lasting issue in United States and throughout the world. Because children are dependent on others, they enter or avoid poverty by virtue of their family’s economic circumstances. Children cannot alter family conditions by themselves, at least until they approach adulthood. Data released in September 2011 by the Census Bureau indicate that 16.4 million children in the United States, 22.0 percent of all children, lived in poverty in 2010. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. Children around the world grow under poverty, and its effect can last throughout their lifespan. The main effects of growing up in poverty include poor health, the lack of an education, and high risk for teen pregnancy. Poor health is a direct effect of growing up in poverty, because of their family’s economic circumstances children may not get adequate medical coverage. In that case the child will not have the proper immunizations and checkups that are necessary to ensure…show more content…
According to Katherine Magnuson and Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal, “poor children are one-third less likely to complete high school than those children not living in poor areas” (33). Children living in poverty does not only possess lack of education because they can’t pay for the education but due to lack of parental involvement and high risk of getting involved in crimes as a result dropping out of school. When a child does not get diploma or degree they don’t have the opportunity to get a good paying job as a result they will live in poverty for their whole
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