Poverty has been a big social issue around the world and among many cultural groups, it affects everybody, from adults, teenagers, and kids. One of the cultural groups that tend to be affected by this social issue is in the Hispanic/ Latino community. According to Bread For the World, in 2015 around nineteen percent of Latino Households struggle to provide food for their family, and around twenty-one percent have lived below the poverty line. Poverty is something that affects many Hispanics and Latinos and is an ongoing struggle. Data shows that one out of five Latino households struggles to obtain food which is more than double of those in White households. Not only that, but around thirty percent of these Latino/ Hispanic households are headed by an undocumented parent or parents. The increase of poverty among this community are results of discrimination, immigration status, low wages, lack of education opportunities, higher health costs, no medical insurance, and higher levels of deportation (Bread for the World, 2016).
Although there are programs like Welfare that can help these Latino/ Hispanics communities, not everyone is able to apply to these programs nor guarantees them that this will help them overcome poverty. With this being said, parent-child relationships and parent roles play a big a role when it comes to poverty among Hispanic/Latino communities. Parent-child Relationships Poverty has a big impact when it comes to parent and child relationships. It impacts both of them mentally and physically. When families are struggling to get food on the table the first ones to act are the parents, they focus so much on working but don’t realize the effect that has towards their children. This affects their children because they start becoming independent at a younger age. They face problems by themselves and don’t have the parent figures that other kids do which leads to bigger problems. In order to see how poverty affects parent and child relationships, Catherine DeCarlo Santiago and Martha E. Wadsworth (2012) conducted a study that examined 90 low income Latino middle school children and their families.
For this study, all participants identified themselves as Hispanic/ Latino, but only 75% of families identified themselves as Mexican-origin and 77% identified themselves as immigrants.
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