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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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Why Should Psychologists Care About the Ryan Budget?

Wad of hundred dollar bills

By Roberta Downing, PhD (Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer, APA Public Interest Directorate – Government Relations Office) This week, Chairman Paul Ryan of the House Budget Committee released his budget. What does this have to do with psychology? Some of the proposed policy provisions are troubling and could affect your career and your loved ones. Luckily, this budget proposal is merely a “message” document rather than anything that would become […]

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Working Full-Time and Still Living in Poverty

Cashier bagging groceries

By Roberta Downing, PhD (Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer, APA Public Interest Directorate – Government Relations Office) In the State of the Union, President Obama announced that he would use his authority to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for all federal contractors. The current minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Why is this so important? Even working full-time, a minimum wage worker with children is still living […]

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4 Ways Psychologists Can Serve Low-Income Families

Recession

By Ieshia Haynie (Program Coordinator, Office of Socioeconomic Status) Don’t let the Dow Jones’ record highs fool you. Widespread and persistent poverty remains a national problem. The Census Bureau estimates that 46.2 million people now live below the official poverty line; the largest number in 52 years. As if that weren’t disheartening enough, 16.4 million of them are children! Poverty comes in many forms that have negative repercussions for physical, […]

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