Date of Award
Thesis - Open Access
MA in Child Development
Child Development Graduate Program
Poverty has long been understood to be detrimental to developing children. While is it commonly viewed solely as a risk factor for experiencing other traumas, I argue here that poverty should be seen as a traumatic factor in and of itself. To support this claim, I explore several systemic and individual aspects of living in poverty which can cause significant harm to children and adolescents. Topics addressed include housing, foster care, stress as a mediator of parenting, and chronic and toxic stress in children. I also address the effects of poverty on social workers and the practical implications of viewing poverty as a source of trauma for mental health clinicians. In addition to supporting literature I have included anecdotal evidence from my two years of social work internships in New York city within a low-income high school and a foster care agency.
Knowles, Coreen, "More Than Adversity: Poverty as a Source of Potential Trauma in Children and Adolescents" (2018). Child Development Theses. 24.