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Understanding Families’ Experiences of Poverty: Results of a Qualitative Study Exploring the Perspectives of Children and their Parents
Rashmita Mistry, Professor of Education, UCLA

Childhood poverty in the United States remains a persistent and pervasive concern. Considerable research evi­dence links childhood experiences of poverty to harmful effects on developmental outcomes. Yet, less is known about how those experiencing poverty perceive, interpret, and understand their economic circumstances. To address this gap, this qualitative study sought to understand family members’ perspectives of their economic circumstances.