Poverty and the Effects: Not Just Economic, They Are Also Psychological and Social

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Poverty What is poverty and how does if effect the people it touches. We have all been touched by poverty in some way, whether it be a commercial that pulls at the heart strings or someone asking for change on the freeway off ramp. I have personally been touched by poverty, when my family moved to Georgia in 1999, we had no support and nowhere to live. We struggled with poverty through my school years and my mother struggles with homelessness to this very day. So what is Poverty, websters dictionary defines poverty as the state of being poor. But what is poor, and is your poor my poor? There are different types of poverty and the effects of poverty are not just economic, they are also psychological and social. To understand poverty we need to understand how poverty is measured. In society today poverty is measured to ways either absolute poverty, or relative poverty. Lets start with Absolute poverty, Absolute poverty measures the number of people living below a certain income threshold or the number of households unable to afford certain basic goods and services like food water and shelter. This is the level of poverty you most likely picture when you hear the word poverty. Usually commercials of foreign children, with bloated bellies who suffer from malnutrition and lack of clean water. Absolut poverty is mostly prevalent in developing countries like India or Haiti, but the United States is not immune from it. People whole live on the streets in urban and suburban areas are living in absolute poverty. The other way to measure poverty is by relative poverty. Relative poverty measures the extent to which a household's financial resources falls below an average income threshold for the economy. This measurement is a more individualized for each country all the way down do individual communities. Relative Poverty is when some people’s way of life and income is so
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