Childhood poverty: a barrier to social participation and inclusion

Tess Ridge

in Children, young people and social inclusion

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346629
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301820 | DOI:
Childhood poverty: a barrier to social participation and inclusion

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Participation is a fundamental principle of social inclusion, and ‘fitting in’ with the everyday activities and expectations of peers is a driving force in children's lives. Poverty can have a profound impact on participation, excluding children from social experiences available to other more affluent children, and encroaching on their capacity to develop and maintain satisfactory social relationships. This chapter explores the impact that poverty can have on children's capacity for participation and social inclusion. It engages directly with children's accounts of their social lives. It draws from two main research studies: first, research carried out with children and young people living in families in receipt of Income Support; and second, findings from the Families, Work and Care Study, a longitudinal, qualitative study of the lives and experiences of children living in low-income, working, lone-mother households.

Keywords: social participation; child poverty; social inclusion; peer pressure; social relationships; low-income households

Chapter.  6080 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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