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Penalizing the Poor and Homeless: Psychology’s Contribution

By Maha Khalid (Program Coordinator, Office on Socioeconomic Status) “Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.” – Nelson Mandela Communities across the country respond to poverty and homelessness with a variety of programs: food banks, emergency shelters, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing. However, despite these programs, there has been an emergence of class-based stigma, stereotyping, […]

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Poverty’s Impact on Short-Term Decision-Making, Street Harassment, Mass Incarceration and the Black Family – In Case You Missed It – September 29, 2015

In Case You Missed It

Welcome back to In Case You Missed It (our weekly roundup of articles touching on psychology, health, mental health and social justice issues from multiple news and commentary websites). This week, we address the impact of poverty on short-term decision-making, why we need to take street harassment seriously, the devastating impact of mass incarceration on the Black family and more.  Poor people don’t have less self-control: Poverty forces them to think short-term – The New […]

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In Case You Missed It – May 8, 2015 – Worried moms, bullying’s long-term effects and more

In Case You Missed It

In this week’s In Case You Missed It (a roundup of articles related to psychology, health, mental health and social justice collated from multiple news and commentary websites) we examine whether moms worry more than dads, the long-term effects of bullying on children, the lack of second chances that Black kids get in Baltimore, how to solve chronic homelessness and more. Make sure to also check out these APA publications: Monitor […]

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In Case You Missed It – February 27, 2015

In Case You Missed It

Welcome to our new feature – In Case You Missed It, a weekly roundup of recent news articles related to issues of psychology, health and mental health, social justice and the public interest that you may be interested in. Why Are Homeless LGBTQ Youth Trading Sex for Shelter? Many of our nation’s homeless youth include LGBTQ youngsters forced to leave homes unwelcoming to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Once […]

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Why We Can’t Forget Older Homeless Veterans on Veterans Day

Homeless and disabled Vietnam veteran panhandles on the street

By Jack Tsai, PhD (Assistant Professor, Yale School of Medicine) & Lisa M. Brown, PhD (Associate Professor, University of South Florida) “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” —John F. Kennedy Don’t Forget Our Older Homeless Veterans On Veterans Day we honor those who have served our country. With the recent conflicts in the Middle East […]

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How to End the Criminalization of Poverty

Homeless man sleeping on the sidewalk

This post continues our new blog series on poverty. As our nation reflects on its progress in fighting poverty over the last 50 years, this blog series will highlight how psychology can contribute further to this discussion. By Dionne Jones, PhD (Member, APA Committee on Socioeconomic Status) A New York Times article once stated, “It’s too bad so many people are falling into poverty at a time when it’s almost illegal to […]

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