Key Poverty References

PsySRPsySR offers this alphabetical listing of valuable poverty references for people working in this area or wishing to learn more about it. We welcome recommendations of additions to the list.

Aber, J. L., Bennett, N. G., Conley, D. C., & Li, J. (1997). The effects of poverty on child health and development. Annual Review of Public Health, 18, 463-483.

Aber, J. L., Bishop-Josef, S. J., Jones, S. M., McLearn, K. T., & Phillips, D. A. (Eds.). (2007). Poverty and child development: New perspectives on a defining issue. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Allhusen, V., Belsky, J., Booth-LaForce, C., Bradley, R., Brownell, C. A., Burchinal, M., et al. (2005). Duration and developmental timing of poverty and children’s cognitive and social development from birth through third grade. Child Development, 76, 795-810.

Albrecht, D. E., & Albrecht, S. G. (2009). Economic restructuring, the educational income gap, and overall income inequality. Sociological Spectrum, 29, 519-547.

Banerjee, A. V., Bénabou, R., & Mookherjee, D. (Eds.). (2006). Understanding poverty. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Barnett, W. S., & Boocock, S. S. (Eds.). (1998). Early care and education for children in poverty: Promises, programs, and long-term results. Albany, NY: State University of New York.

Bastos, A., Casaca, S. F., Nunes, F., & Pereirinha, J. (2009). Women and poverty: A gender-sensitive approach. The Journal of Socio-Economics, 38, 764-778.

Becker, S., & MacPherson, S. (Eds.). (1998). Public issues, private pain: Poverty, social work and social policy. London: Insight.

Blanden, J., & Gibbons, S. (2006). The persistence of poverty across generations: A view from two British cohorts. Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

Brooks-Gunn, J., & Duncan, G. J. (1997). The effects of poverty on children. The Future of Children (Vol. 7). Children and poverty (pp. 55-71). Los Altos, CA: Center for the Future of Children.

Brooks-Gunn, J., Duncan, G. J., & Aber, J. L. (Eds.). (1997). Neighborhood poverty: Context and consequences for children (Vol. 1). New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Brooks-Gunn, J., Duncan, G. J., & Aber, J. L. (Eds.). (2000). Neighborhood poverty: Policy implications in studying neighborhood s (Vol. 2). New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Carpiano, R. M., Lloyd, J. E. V., & Hertzman, C. (2009). Concentrated affluence, concentrated disadvantage, and children’s readiness for school: A population-based, multi-level investigation. Social Science & Medicine, 69, 420-432.

Carr, S., & Sloan, T. (Eds.) (2003). Poverty and psychology: From global perspective to local practice. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

Cassen, R., Feinstein, L., & Graham, P. (2009). Educational outcomes: Adversity and resilience. Social Policy and Society, 8, 73-85.

Chase-Landsdale, P. L., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (Eds.). (1995). Escape from poverty: What makes a difference for children? New York: Cambridge University Press.

Chossudovsky, M. (2003). The globalization of poverty and the new world order. Montreal: Global Research.

Collier, P. (2008). The bottom billion: Why the poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Combs-Orme, T., & Cain, D. S. (2006). Poverty and the daily lives of infants: Consistent disadvantage. Journal of Children & Poverty, 12, 1-20.

Curtis, L. J., Dooley, M. D., & Phipps, S. A. (2004). Child well-being and neighbourhood quality: Evidence from the Canadian National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth. Social Science & Medicine, 58, 1917-1927.

da Costa Nunez, R. (1996). The new poverty: Homeless families in America. New York: Insight Books.

Danziger, S., & Gottschalk, P. (1995). America unequal. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Duncan, G. J., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (Eds.). (1997). Consequences of growing up poor. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Duncan, G. J., Brooks-Gunn, J., & Klebanov, P. K. (1994). Economic deprivation and early childhood development. Child Development, 65, 296-318.

Duncan, G. J., Kalil, A., & Ziol-Guest, K. (2008). Economic costs of early childhood poverty. Retrieved from

Eitzen, D. S., & Eitzen Smith, K. (2008). Experiencing poverty: Voices from the bottom (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Easterly, W. (2007). The white man's burden: Why the West's efforts to aid the rest have done so much ill and so little good. New York: Penguin Books.

Eloundou-Enyegue, P. M., & Rehman, A. (2009). Growing up global and equal? Inequality trends among world children, 1980-2005. Journal of Children & Poverty, 15, 95-118.

Epstein, W. M. (1997). Welfare in America: How social science fails the poor. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.

Edelman, M. W. (1987). Families in peril: An agenda for social change. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Evans, G. W., & Wachs, T. D. (Eds.). (2009). Chaos and its influence on children’s development: An ecological perspective. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., & Boden, J. M. (2008). The transmission of social inequality: Examination of the linkages between family socioeconomic status in childhood and educational achievement in young adulthood. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 26, 277-295.

Frederick, J., & Goddard, C. (2007). Exploring the relationship between poverty, childhood adversity and child abuse from the perspective of adulthood. Child Abuse Review, 16, 323-341.

Gil, D. G. (1998). Confronting injustice and oppression: Concepts and strategies for social workers. New York: Columbia University Press.

Goodman, E., McEwen, B. S., Dolan, L. M., Schafer-Kalkhoff, T., & Adler, N. (2005). Social disadvantage and adolescent stress. Journal of Adolescent Health, 37, 484-492.

Grant, K. E., Katz, B. N., Thomas, K. J., O’Koon, J. H., Meza, C. M., DiPasquale, A-M., et al. (2004). Psychological symptoms affecting low-income urban youth. Journal of Adolescent Research, 19, 613-634.

Guo, G., & Harris, K. M. (2000). The mechanisms mediating the effects of poverty on children’s intellectual development. Demography, 37, 431-447.

Hackman, D. A., & Farah, M. J. (2009). Socioeconomic status and the developing brain. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 13, 65-73.

Hannon, L. (2003). Poverty, delinquency, and educational attainment: Cumulative disadvantage or disadvantage saturation? Sociological Inquiry, 73, 57-594.

Hardaway, C. R., & McLoyd, V. C. (2009). Escaping poverty and securing middle class status: How race and socioeconomic status shape mobility prospects for African Americans during the transition to adulthood. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 38, 242-256.

Harper, C., Marcus, R., & Moore, K. (2003). Enduring poverty and the conditions of childhood: Lifecourse and intergenerational poverty transmissions. World Development, 31, 535-554.

Hart, D., Atkins, R., & Matsuba, M. K. (2008). The association of neighborhood poverty with personality change in childhood. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94, 1048-1061.

Hobcraft, J., & Kiernan, K. (1999). Childhood poverty, early motherhood and adult social exclusion. London: Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion. Retrieved from

Holzer, H. J., Schanzenbach, D. W., Duncan, G. J., & Ludwig, J. (2008). The economic costs of childhood poverty in the United States. Journal of Children & Poverty, 14, 41-61.

Huston, A. C. (Ed.). (1991). Children in poverty: Child development and public policy. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Jencks, C. (1994). The homeless. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Jiménez, F. (Ed.). (1987). Poverty and social justice: Critical perspectives. Tempe, AZ: Bilingual Press.

Kaplan-Sanoff, M., Parker, S., & Zuckerman, B. (1991). Poverty and early childhood development: What do we know, and what should we do? Infants and Young Children, 4, 68-76.

Katz, M. (1997). On playing a poor hand well: Insights from the lives of those who have overcome childhood risks and adversities. New York: W. W. Norton.

Kiernan, K. E., & Mensah, F. K. (2009). Poverty, maternal depression, family status, and children’s cognitive and behavioural development in early childhood: A longitudinal study. Journal of Social Policy, 38, 569-588.

King, A., & Schulz, N. (2009). From poverty to prosperity: Intangible assets, hidden liabilities and the lasting triumph over scarcity. New York: Encounter Books.

Kluegel, J. R., & Smith, E. R. (1986). Beliefs about inequality: Americans’ views of what is and what ought to be. New York: Aldine de Gruyter.

Landes, D. S. (1999). The wealth and poverty of nations: Why some are so rich and some so poor. New York: W. W. Norton.

Lareau, A. (2003). Unequal childhoods: Class, race, and family life. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Lerner, R. M. (1995). America’s youth in crisis: Challenges and options for programs and policies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Lipina, S. J., & Colombo, J. A. (2009). Poverty and brain development during childhood: An approach from cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Lott, B. (2003). Violence in low-income neighborhoods in the United States: Do we care? Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 8, 1-15.

Lott, B., & Bullock, H. (2006). Psychology and economic injustice: Personal, professional, and political intersections. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press.

Lykes, M. B., Banuazizi, A., Liem, R., & Morris, M. (Eds.). (1996). Myths about the powerless: Contesting social inequalities. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

McCartney, K., & Philips, D. (Eds.). (2006). Blackwell handbook of early childhood development. Malden, MA: Malden Blackwell Publishing.

McLoyd, V. (1990). The impact of economic hardship on black families and children: Psychological distress, parenting, and socioemotional development. Child Development, 61, 311-346.

McLoyd, V. C., Aikens, N. L., & Burton, L. M. (Eds.). (2006). Handbook of child psychology (6th ed., Vol. 4): Child psychology in practice. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Melchior, M., Moffitt, T. E., Milne, B. J., Poulton, R., & Caspi, A. (2007). Why do children from socioeconomically disadvantaged families suffer from poor health when they reach adulthood? A life-course study. American Journal of Epidemiology, 166, 966–974.

Miller, T. W. (Ed.). (1998). Children of trauma: Stressful life events and their effects on children and adolescents. Madison, CT: International Universities Press.

Morris, P. A., & Gennetian, L. A. (2003). Identifying the effects of income on children’s development using experimental data. Journal of Marriage and Family, 65, 716-729.

Mossakowski, K. N. (2008). Dissecting the influence of race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status on mental health in young adulthood. Research on Aging, 30, 649-671.

Nelson, C. A. (2007). A neurobiological perspective on early human deprivation. Child Development Perspectives, 1, 13-18.

Niles, M. D., & Peck, L. R. (2008). How poverty and segregation impact child development: Evidence from the Chicago Longitudinal Study. Journal of Poverty, 12, 306-332.

O’Brien Caughy, M. (2006). Neighborhood poverty, social capital, and the cognitive development of African American preschoolers. American Journal of Community Psychiatry, 37, 141-154.

O’Flaherty, B. (1996). Making room: The economics of homelessness. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Oppenheim, J., & MacGregor, T. (2006). The economics of poverty: How investments to eliminate poverty benefit all Americans. Retrieved from

Orr, A. J. (2003). Black-white differences in achievement: The importance of wealth. Sociology of Education, 76, 281-304.

Osofsky, J. D. (Ed.). (1997). Children in a violent society. New York: Guilford Press.

Pebley, A. R., & Sastry, N. (2004). Neighborhoods, poverty, and children’s well-being. In K. M. Neckerman (Ed.), Social Inequality (pp. 119-145). New York: Russell Sage.

Pollitt, E. (1994). Poverty and child development: Relevance of research in developing countries to the United States. Child Development, 65, 283-295.

Pogge, T. (Ed.). (2007). Freedom from poverty as a human right: Who owes what to the very poor? Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Raffo, C., Dyson, A., Gunter, H., Hall, D., Jones, L., & Kalambouka, A., (2009). Education and poverty: Mapping the terrain and making the links to educational policy. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 13, 341-358.

Rank, M. R. (2005). One nation, underprivileged: Why American poverty affects us all. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Rycroft, R. S. (2009). The economics of inequality, discrimination, poverty and mobility. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe.

Sachs, J. (2006). The end of poverty: Economic possibilities for our time. New York: Penguin.

Scaramella, L. V., Neppl, T. K., Ontai, L. L., & Conger, R. D. (2008). Consequences of socioeconomic disadvantage across three generations: Parenting behavior and child externalizing problems. Journal of Family Psychology, 22, 725-733.

Schiller, B. R. (2007). The economics of poverty and discrimination. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Schoon, I., Parsons, S., & Sacker, A. (2004). Socioeconomic adversity, educational resilience, and subsequent levels of adult adaptation. Journal of Adolescent Research, 19, 383-404.

Schoon, I., Sacker, A., & Bartley, M. (2003). Socioeconomic adversity and psychological adjustment: A developmental-contextual perspective. Social Science & Medicine, 57, 1001-1015.

Sen, A. (1992). Inequality examined. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Sherman, A. (1994). Wasting America’s future: The Children’s Defense Fund report on the costs of child poverty. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.

Shinn, M., Schteingart, J. S., Williams, N. C., Carlin-Mathis, J., Bialo-Karagis, N., Becker-Klein, R., et al. (2008). Long-term associations of homelessness with children’s well-being. American Behavioral Scientist, 51, 789-809.

Shipler, D. K. (2004). The working poor: Invisible in America. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Sidel, R. (1996). Keeping women and children last: America’s war on the poor. New York: Penguin.

Smith, D. M. (2007). Just one planet: Poverty, justice and climate change. Bourton-on-Dunsmore, UK: Practical Action.

Townsend, P., & Gordon, D. (Eds.). (2003). World poverty: New policies to defeat an old enemy. Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

United Nations Millennium Project (2005). A practical plan to achieve the U.N. Millennium Development goals. Retrieved from

Yunus, M. (2009). Creating a world without poverty: Social business and the future of capitalism. New York: PublicAffairs.

Zielinski, D. S. (2009). Child maltreatment and adult socioeconomic well-being. Child Abuse & Neglect, 33, 666-678.