Working with Low-income Families: Lessons Learned from Basic and Applied Research on Coping with Poverty-related Stress

@article{Wadsworth2011WorkingWL,
  title={Working with Low-income Families: Lessons Learned from Basic and Applied Research on Coping with Poverty-related Stress},
  author={Martha E. Wadsworth},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy},
  year={2011},
  volume={42},
  pages={17-25}
}
Poverty and low socioeconomic status create tremendous amounts of physical and psychosocial stress that compromise health and well-being. This paper explores how the stressors created, exacerbated, and maintained by living in poverty lead to compromised mental health, and at the same time present significant challenges to participating in and benefitting from traditional psychotherapy. This paper summarizes the strong research evidence supporting the causal role of poverty-related stress in… CONTINUE READING

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