[caption id="attachment_3962" align="aligncenter" width="363"]generational poverty People living in generational poverty lack the resources to escape it, unlike their situational poverty counterparts - Photo Credit: Wikipedia

. People with a background of generational poverty lack tools those in situational poverty have, therefore, it is extremely difficult, if not virtually impossible, for them to escape poverty. It is useful to keep in mind that these people are victims of a poverty trap and they are born into disadvantage, which can persist through a lifetime. As mentioned by the Scottish Affairs Committee (2008), “disadvantage early in life can lead to lower educational achievement, which can itself mean lower wages as an adult and eventually, a lower pension”.

It is widely believed that people born and brought up in poverty have their own culture, hidden rules and belief systems, which entail them feeling like “society owes them a living” (Payne, 2005). While some of these patterns might be true, studies conducted on people who have successfully escaped generational poverty show that they felt “great shame and humiliation growing up in poverty” and that “outsiders perceived poverty to be their fault” (Beegle, 2003). In actuality, those with a background of generational poverty have tremendous barriers to overcome in order to escape the poverty trap.



[caption id="attachment_3963" align="aligncenter" width="300"]generational poverty While stereotypes can prove true for those living in generational poverty, the majority of people living in it remain in it because they have to overcome tremendous barriers to escape it - Photo Credit: Wikipedia

BARRIERS IN GENERATIONAL POVERTY

For more information on generational poverty, read this report by the AWF.