Author

Melissa Meyer

Date Approved

2014

Date Posted

9-8-2014

Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Dr. Jennifer Kellman-Fritz

Second Advisor

Dr. Yvette Colon

Abstract

This paper is a review of the literature regarding the effects of childhood pove1ty on adult health, employment, and socioeconomic status. Children who grow up in lower socioeconomic homes often have fewer advantages available to them including level and quality of education, quality health care, and family support. Growing up with these disadvantages impacts in adult health outcomes, adult employment and earnings, and adult socioeconomic status. There arc many direct and indirect associations between childhood poverty and adult outcomes.

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