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A framework for Understanding Poverty. Sheally Engebretson Dr. Kwame Bruce Based on book by Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D. Key Points to Remember. Poverty is relative Poverty occurs in all races and in all countries Economic class is a continuous line, not a clear-cut distinction

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a framework for understanding poverty

A framework for Understanding Poverty

Sheally Engebretson

Dr. Kwame Bruce

Based on book by Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D.

key points to remember
Key Points to Remember
  • Poverty is relative
  • Poverty occurs in all races and in all countries
  • Economic class is a continuous line, not a clear-cut distinction
  • Generational poverty and situational poverty are different

(Questionnaire)

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An individual brings with him/her the hidden rules of the class in which he/she was raised
  • To move from poverty to middle class or middle class to wealth, an individual must give up relationships for achievement (at least for some period of time).
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Two things that help one move out of poverty are education and relationships
  • Four reasons one leaves poverty are: It’s too painful to stay, a vision or goal, a key relationship, or a special talent or skill.
statistics about poverty
Statistics About Poverty
  • 7.6 million poor families in 2003
  • Foreign-born population in U.S. has increased
  • Poverty is caused by interrelated factors: parental employment status and earning, family structure, and parental education (Five Million Children, 1992)
definition of poverty
Definition of Poverty

The extent to which an individual does without resources

“Scenarios”

resources
Resources
  • Financial
  • Emotional
  • Mental
  • Spiritual
  • Physical
  • Support Systems
  • Relationship/Role Models
  • Knowledge of Hidden Rules
quote
Quote

“No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.”

Dr. James Comer

role of language and story
Role of Language and Story

Register of Language: every language in the world has five registers.

  • Frozen
  • Formal
  • Consultative
  • Casual
  • Intimate
hidden rules among classes
Hidden Rules Among Classes

Generally, in America, the notion is recognized for racial and ethnic groups, but not particularly for economic groups.

characteristics of generation poverty
Characteristics of Generation Poverty
  • Poverty for at least two generations
  • Has its own culture, hidden rules & belief systems
  • Prevailing attitude is that society owes one a living.
family patterns in generational poverty
Family Patterns in Generational Poverty
  • Family patterns
  • Key roles: fighter/lover, caretaker/rescuer, worker, storyteller, and “keeper of the soul” (i.e., dispenser of penance and forgiveness)

“Scenarios”

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Quote
  • “The culture of poverty has some universal characteristics which transcend regional, rural-urban, and even national differences…There are remarkable similarities in family structure, interpersonal relations, time orientations, value systems, spending patterns, and the sense of community in lower-class settlements in London, Glasgow, Paris, Harlem, and Mexico City.”

Oscar Lewis, Four Horsemen

characteristics
Characteristics
  • Get mad & quite their job/work
  • Will work hard if they like you
  • Do not use conflict-resolution skills
  • Use survival language
  • Not emotionally reserved when angry
characteristics cont
Characteristics cont.
  • Extreme freedom of speech
  • Very independent
  • Time
  • Need emotional warmth
  • Level of integrity
characteristics cont1
Characteristics cont.
  • Possessiveness
  • “Space”
  • Favoritism
characteristics real men real women
Characteristics: Real Men, Real Women
  • Men socialize with men and women with women
  • A real man is ruggedly good-looking
  • A real woman takes care of her man
role models emotional resources
Role Models Emotional Resources

Dependence

Independence

Interdependence

Functional and Dysfunctional Systems

support systems
Support Systems
  • Coping Strategies
  • Options During Problem-Solving
  • Information and Know-How
  • Temporary Relief from Emotional, Financial, and/or Time Constraints
support system cont
Support System cont.
  • Connections to Other People and Resources
  • Positive Self-Talk
  • Procedural Self-Talk

Hidden Rules Among Classes handout

creating relationships
Creating Relationships
  • Students in poverty
  • Emotional Bank (Covey-1889)
relationship deposits withdrawals
Relationship Deposits & Withdrawals

DepositsWithdrawals

Seek first to understand Seek first to be understood

Keeping promises Breaking promises

Kindnesses, courtesies Unkindnesses, discourtesies

Clarifying expectations Violating expectations

Loyalty to the absent Disloyalty, duplicity

Apologies Pride, conceit, arrogance

Open to feedback Rejecting feedback

deposits made to individual in poverty
Deposits made to individual in poverty
  • Appreciation for humor and entertainment provided by the individual
  • Acceptance of what the individual cannot say about a person or situation
  • Respect for the demands and priorities of relationships
  • Using the adult voice
deposits cont
Deposits cont.
  • Assisting with goal-setting
  • Identifying options related to available resources
  • Understanding the importance of personal freedom, speech, and individual personality
conclusion
Conclusion

It is our responsibility who work with the poor to teach the differences and skills/rules that will allow the individual to make the choice. As it now stands for many of the poor, the choice never exists.