President Johnson 's War On Poverty

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Since President Johnson’s ‘War on Poverty’ campaign in the 1960s, many public policies have been implemented to help people in poverty. The United States has the highest rate of poverty among all other industrialized nations (Komoro, Flay, & Biglan, 2011). Unemployment, social inequalities, health disparities, incarceration, housing and rates of impoverished children are just some of the social problems in poverty, and they are on the rise (Komoro, Flay, & Biglan, 2011). Development in impoverished children is one of the social issues that has been researched extensively. Past literature has extensively implicated an impoverished environment as harmful to child development. Developmental limitations are the result of many factors, including ethnic origin, socioeconomic status, parenting style, neighborhood safety, food availability and availability of nutritious foods (Lee & Laiore, 2013), parental stress, environmental hazards and availability of resources. Improvement in other poverty social problems would likely yield improvements in child development, but these problems are no improving. Growing up in poverty has many implications over the life course, as research shows that later psychological, physiological, and social problems are indicative of early development. Problem behavior in adolescence is thought to be influenced by a mismatch in early developmental needs and available opportunities (Snell et al., 2013). Intervention is necessary to combat or slow the

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