Poverty Effects a Child's Development
Andrea Penny
Argosy University

Childhood development is a period that every human goes through from birth to adolescence, biologically and psychologically.   Many factors affect the development and shaping of a child, which is crucial for their future health and development.   Raising a child in today’s times has its challenges that cause it be difficult and to affect the child’s development, both mentally and physically.   Children in the earliest stage of life are most susceptible developmentally to problems that are nonselective to their environment, like poverty, thus having a huge impact on their development.

Poverty Effects a Child's Development
Absolute poverty is defined as the deprivation of basic human needs, such as food, water, clothing, shelter, and education (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poverty).   In today’s world, poverty is a huge problem and shown to affect one’s development, thus producing lifelong consequences.   A child’s poverty for a family of four is defined as an annual income of $23,492, which breaks down into $452 per week (CDF, 2014).   As defined, a family can have two parents employed and still be in the poverty bracket, which has detrimental effects on a child’s development. Children are most susceptible to developmental problems in the earliest period of their life.   Poverty affects all ages and races, but has the biggest effect on a child’s development.   Poverty affects encompasses areas such as stress, parenting, child literacy, and housing.
Stress collision of poverty causes a corrosion of families and parental relationships, thus making it hard for parental involvement and the providing of basic needs for the child. In cases where parental involvement is lacking sufficient love and emotional support for their child, causes a child to stop growing because of the lack of stimulation that has not been provided by the parent, as well as depriving the child of much needed...