Katherine Conger received her degree in Sociology from Iowa State
University in 1993. Her research focuses on the quality and
course of sibling relationships; interpersonal processes in
families emphasizing the linkages between family stress and
adolescent adjustment; and observational research methods.
Paul Hastings received his degree from the University of Toronto.
His research focuses on the impact of stressors on child and
adolescent well-being, and the effects of poverty on
physiological reactivity, regulation and development of mental
and physical health problems.
Erin Hamilton received her degree in Sociology from the
University of Texas, Austin in 2009. Her current research
investigates the social and demographic sources of international
migration from Mexico to the United States.
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Michal Kurlaender’s work focuses on education policy and
evaluation, particularly practices that address existing
racial/ethnic and socioeconomic inequality at various stages of
the educational attainment process.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention produce data on
health and healthcare in the United States. Their annual
statistical yearbook, Health, United States includes a variety of
tables with breakdowns by poverty status.
In 2011, their data for children under
18 with “no usual source of
4.7% of all children had
no usual source of healthcare; for
poor children the rate was
The U.S.D.A.’s Economic Research Service monitors the extent and
severity of food insecurity in U.S. households through a
supplement to the Current Population Survey. Responses to a
series of 18 questions are used to determine whether a household
is food insecure.
According to data from the Census Bureau, in 2012 47.3
million people under age 65 (18%) had no health insurance; 9%
of all children were uninsured and those ages 19-34
were least likely to be insured (27% uninsured).
While 8.9% of all children were
uninsured, the rate for
children in poverty was
12.9% as compared to 7.7%
of children not in poverty.
In 2012, 75.3 million workers (or 59% of all wage and salary
workers) in the United States age 16 and over were paid hourly
Among those 1.6 million workers earned
exactly the prevailing federal minimum
wage of $7.25 per hour. Another 2
million had wages below the federal
minimum. Together these workers make up
4.7% of all hourly paid workers.