Poverty transitions among families supporting a child with intellectual disability

Eric Emerson, Said Shahtahmasebi, Gillian Lancaster, Damon Berridge

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Abstract

Background: Little is known about child disability and dynamic aspects of poverty. Method: Analysis of data collected over a 12-month period for families a supporting a child with intellectual disability n = 370, b supporting a child with other disability n = 1,418, and c supporting a child with no disability n = 7,215. Results: When compared to families not supporting a child with disability, families supporting a child with intellectual disability were a more likely to be poor, b more likely to become poor, c less likely to escape from being poor. Half of poverty transitions were associated with identifiable potential trigger events. Conclusions: There were few differences between families supporting or not supporting a child with disability with regard to either levels of exposure to potential trigger events or to the strength of the association between exposure and poverty transitions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-234
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • children
  • families
  • hardship
  • poverty

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