World Poverty Day
Oct. 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, also known as World Poverty Day. An annual observance, World Poverty Day was first recognized by the United Nations in 1993, to acknowledge the efforts and struggles of those living in poverty. Every day, more Americans fall into poverty. As research supports, the consequences of poverty can be severe — homelessness, poor health, hunger, high-poverty neighborhoods, plagued with high crime and low-performing schools, all amidst a landscape of scarce job opportunities.
This year, as World Poverty Day approaches, the APA Office on Socioeconomic Status (SES), in partnership with the APA Neighborhood Opportunities for Volunteer Activities (NOVA) and the APA Staff Initiatives Office, will host a go casual event to end poverty campaign, which will bring awareness to poverty and social exclusion.
APA has long been active in advocating for research that examines the causes and impact of poverty, economic disparity and related issues such as socioeconomic status, classism, ageism, unintended pregnancy, environmental factors, ethnic strife and war, stereotypes, the stigma and feelings of shame associated with poverty, and mental and physical health problems, including depression, substance abuse, intimate partner violence, child abuse and elder abuse, as well as advocating for the broader dissemination of these research findings.
CSES, in furthering its efforts to advance psychology as a science and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare, the Committee on Socioeconomic Status has released Examining the Structural Determinants of Poverty, the first in a series of bibliographies designed to explore the deleterious effects of poverty. In the context of a rapidly changing demography and a growing global marketplace, the field of psychology has invaluable contributions to the understanding of SES and the lives and well-being of the poor.
- Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012
- Examining the Structural Determinants of Poverty, an Annotated Bibliography
- APA Resolution on Poverty and Socioeconomic Status
- Education and Poverty
- Poverty and High School Dropouts
- Families and Children
- Individual Adults
- Poverty and Substance Abuse
- Unaccompanied Adolescents
- What You Can Do: Write a Letter to Your Editor (PDF, 92KB)
- Fast Facts on Poverty (PDF, 68KB)
- Poverty in the News (PDF, 76KB)