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Religions 2017, 8(4), 67; doi:10.3390/rel8040067

The Impact of Economic Inequality on Children’s Development and Achievement

Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology, Boston College, Campion Hall 305C, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-0123, USA
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Received: 13 February 2017 / Revised: 1 April 2017 / Accepted: 7 April 2017 / Published: 14 April 2017
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Child poverty leads to many challenges at both societal and individual levels, and the two levels are interrelated. It is critical to recognize the complex implications of poverty, including short-term and long-term effects for children and families. After reviewing both the societal (e.g., economic costs, segregation, and unequal opportunity) and individual (e.g., effects on children’s health, development, learning, and academic achievement) implications of poverty, this paper will describe a framework for action that incorporates multiple existing approaches, and offer an example of one intervention that aims to address the challenges associated with economic inequality for children in the United States in a comprehensive, multifaceted manner. View Full-Text
Keywords: child poverty; academic achievement gap; educational disparity; City Connects; school-based intervention child poverty; academic achievement gap; educational disparity; City Connects; school-based intervention
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Walsh, M.E.; Theodorakakis, M.D. The Impact of Economic Inequality on Children’s Development and Achievement. Religions 2017, 8, 67.

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