Impacts of poverty on quality of life in families of children with disabilities

Ji Yeon Park, Ann P. Turnbull, H. Rutherford Turnbull

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This review of the literature examines the impact of poverty on the quality of life in families of children with disabilities. Twenty-eight percent of children with disabilities, ages 3 to 21, are living in families whose total income is less than the income threshold set by the U.S. Census Bureau. This review found a variety of impacts of poverty on the five dimensions of family, including health (e.g., hunger, limited health care access); productivity (e.g., delayed cognitive development, limited leisure opportunities); physical environment (e.g., overcrowded and unclean homes, unsafe neighborhoods); emotional well-being (e.g., increased stress, low self-esteem); and family interaction (e.g., inconsistent parenting, marital conflict over money). Implications of the findings for policy, research, and practices are suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-170
Number of pages20
JournalExceptional Children
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002


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