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Everyday more in more families are falling below the poverty lines in America. Not only is it a matter of finance but also it effects the growth and development of the teenagers living the household. As of 2008, 14 million (19 percent) children under the age of 18 were in poverty. That is the highest percentage of any other age group. Teen poverty can effect teens in various different ways, such as one's self-esteem,social interaction/relationships,eating habits,and ultimately the chances of graduation due to the lack of participation in school. Poverty can be extremely detrimental on a teens self-esteem and one's self-concept. As explained in the article "Poverty, Parenting, and Children's Mental Health" by Jane D. McLeod and Micheal J. Shanahan, "Clear evidence exists that poor children experience high levels of conduct disorder,behavior problems,depression, and low levels of self-esteem and social adaptation" (McLeod, Shanahan ). This quote exemplify the development of children living in poor situations are more likely to suffer from some type of a defect with self-esteem resulting in negative self-concepts, and behavior problems. This quote connects to the hypothesis with the effects of poverty and how it causes self-esteem issues resulting bad self-image. African Americans seem to be more stricken and effected the greatest by poverty than any other race, as mentioned in the article "Poverty, Parenting, and Children's Mental Health", it states, "Dash attributed child bearing among persistently poor,black teenagers to low self-esteem and the search for self-identity. Similarly, theorist of child development have argued that persistent poverty leads to high levels of psychopathy and poor self concepts among black children "(Mc Cleod, Shanahan ). This quote illustrates the results of low self- esteem can result in child bearing. This quote connects to the hypothesis by linking together poverty and pregnancy to self- esteem. Poverty...
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