Typically, poverty is thought of in terms of financial resources only. However, financial
resources alone cannot explain the differences in the success or failure of individuals to
leave poverty. Each of these other resources plays a vital
role as well:
the stamina to withstand difficulties. When an individual has
adequate emotional resources, s/he can avoid reverting to old, unproductive behaviors. One
must be able to persist through difficulties until the situation
can be improved. Emotional
resources come, at least in part, from role models.
the ability to use information. Those who are literate have a decided
advantage because they can access information from free sources and thereby be
the belief that there is a purpose for living, that worth and love are
gifts. Such is a powerful resource because then individuals feel more hopeful, capable, and
a body that works, tha
t is capable and self
individuals one can go to and who will actually help. When you have to
work and your child is sick, who takes care of the child? Who will help when the baby
needs medicine and you’re broke? Support sys
tems are also about knowledge: How do you
get into college? Who helps you negotiate the paperwork for financial aid? Who helps you
with algebra homework? All are part of a support system.
Everyone has a role model. The quest
ions is: To what extent
are the role models appropriate/nurturing? Does the role model parent effectively?
Knowledge of Hidden Rules
Every social class has hidden rules, the unspoken
understandings that clue us that someone does or
does not “fit” in. Hidden rules affect
dress, decorum, food choices, recreation, To move from one class to another, one actually
needs a mentor to teach the hidden rules.
A Framework for Understanding Poverty
by Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D.
RE THEIR RESOURCES?
Check “yes” by the resources that are present, “no” by the ones that are not,
or check “?” where the resources are uncertain:
Knowledge of middle
class hidden rules