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From problem families to the cycle of deprivation

John Welshman

in From transmitted deprivation to social exclusion

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348357
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302384 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348357.003.0003
From problem families to the cycle of deprivation

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This chapter attempts to explain the background to and timing of the cycle speech by tracing the longer-term continuities. It looks in particular at, first, Joseph's own family background and approach to poverty; second, his interest in problem families; third, the broader policy context of the late 1960s and early 1970s, including debates about poverty, abortion, and family planning; fourth, the DHSS Preparation for Parenthood initiative, including a seminar at All Souls College, Oxford, in April 1973; and, fifth, the influence of debates in the US that focused on IQ, the culture of poverty, and the benefits of early intervention (such as the Head Start programme) as a means of countering the effects of poverty on human development.

Keywords: cycle speech; problem families; policy context; poverty; abortion; family planning; Preparation for Parenthood; All Souls College; IQ; Head Start programme

Chapter.  10550 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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