Current Controversies: Learned Helplessness, Welfare, and the Poverty Cycle, 1st Edition

  • Kristina Lyn Heitkamp
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  • ISBN-10: 1534504036
  • ISBN-13: 9781534504035
  • DDC: 362.50973
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 176 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released September 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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Between 1996 and 2017, the number of families on welfare declined to less than a quarter of its former rate of coverage, yet nearly twice as many households live in extreme poverty and nearly 25 percent of American children live in poverty. What can be done to help these children and families escape poverty? Are government programs like welfare the best solution, or are there other ways to pull families out of poverty? This volume looks at the issue of poverty, the various theories about why it proliferates, and a number of proposed strategies to fight it.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Books in the Current Controversies Series.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Should the Government End Welfare Entitlements?.
1: US Poverty and Inequality Overview and Trends.
2: Welfare Programs Do More Harm than Good.
3: Education, Not Entitlements, Is the Best Way Out of Poverty.
4: Private Charity Is More Flexible and Generous than Government Welfare.
5: The Proof Is in the Pudding: Welfare Programs Reduce Poverty.
6: Battling the Common Myths of Poverty and Behavior.
7: Welfare Reform Celebrates Many Successes.
Is Word-Gap Theory a Solution to the Poverty Cycle?.
8: Empowering Underprivileged Children Through Education.
9: Children Perform Better When Parents Are More Involved.
10: Talk Is Vital to a Child's Brain Development.
11: One City's Success Story with Closing the Word-Gap.
12: Word-Gap Is Based on Groundless Evidence.
13: Word-Gap Theory Is Culturally Offensive.
14: Music Is Another Way to Help Improve Kids' Language.
15: Low-Income Students Need Better School Funding, Not a Better Vocabulary.
Is Poverty More Closely Related to Behavior than Economics?.
16: The Role of Behavior in Economics.
17: Welfare Recipients Need to Spend Money on Food, Not Drugs.
18: Welfare Alone Cannot Lift Recipients Out of Poverty.
19: Poverty Has Debilitating Physical and Mental Effects.
20: Drug-Testing Welfare Recipients Is Demeaning and a Waste of Money.
21: Government Aid Programs Keep the Poor in Poverty.
Will Overcoming Learned Helplessness End the Culture of Poverty?.
22: The Cycle of Poverty Can Lead to Learned Helplessness.
23: Having the Right Mindset Can Lift an American Out of Poverty.
24: Poverty Affects Classroom Engagement.
25: The Science of Learned Helplessness.
26: Poverty Is a Product of Underserved Neighborhoods.
27: The Myth of the Government-Provided Safety Net.
Organizations to Contact.