Poverty in Young and Middle Adulthood Essay

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An explanation of how poverty impacts the experience of individuals in young and middle adulthood?

The vicious poverty cycle in young adults and middle-aged persons suggests the passage of lifelong impediments and problems from generation to generation. A few transmitted plagues include: lack of schooling/education, disease transmission, child labor for aiding parents in raising the family and no basic personal hygiene. Extremely low family earnings and adult joblessness give rise to an atmosphere that makes it virtually impossible for children from such households to attend school. Meanwhile those who are able to attend school fail to understand that hard work and dedication will be able to change their lives for the better, since they witness their parents regularly failing at this task (Dario, 2015).

The following experiences are also linked to poverty in young adults and middle-aged persons: Drug and alcohol misuse -- right from African slum-dwellers to American adults, this self-destructing practice is usually adopted as a means of coping with the despair and considerable stress that comes with joblessness and destitution; crippling accidents because of dangerous work climates in the agricultural and industrial sectors, in addition to other workplace hazards like pesticide poisoning, lead poisoning, and wild-animal bites owing to inadequate protection; inferior living and lodging conditions, which has traditionally been identified as a source of disease; and food and water connected ailments because of the simple reason that poverty-ridden people are unable to afford "safe" drinking water and food (Dario, 2015).

A statement as to whether you think poverty is the result of cultural or individual characteristics; provide support for your position?

In my opinion, poverty stems from individual characteristics. Therefore, I would greatly stress on the importance of individual responsibility and sincere, committed efforts for acquiring basic necessities like food, healthcare services and housing. Individual traits also highlight the fact that good qualities, skills and diligence can bring about success. Lastly, individual poverty represents an individual failure because of lack of drive (Sameti, Esfahani & Haghighi, 2012).

An answer to the following questions about the theory of poverty you selected:

What aspects of this theory would be most suitable for your practice? Why?

I chose the structural poverty theory as the model most relevant to my social work. I agree with the theory's premise that….....

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Dario, B. (2015). Effects of poverty on society: Why we should all care. Retrieved December 19, 2016, from http://www.poverties.org/blog/effects-of-poverty

Jordan, G. (2004). The causes of poverty cultural vs. Structural: Can there be a synthesis. Perspectives in Public Affairs, 1, 18-34.

Sameti, M., Esfahani, R. D., & Haghighi, H. K. (2012). Theories of poverty: a comparative analysis. arabianjbmrcom, 1, 1-16.

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