poverty

A new Nuffield Trust report ‘The right track’, commissioned and supported by the BPS and written by William Palmer, Laura Schlepper, Nina Hemmings and Nadia Crellin, explores the career routes of psychologists. Although data on the socioeconomic status of psychology students...

Poverty can have long-lasting psychological effects, as I outlined in the January 2020 issue. But for people who live above the poverty line, expectations about how much money we...

Groups of people, even where millions of people are involved, can have a sense of collective confidence. Leaders play a major role in building this. So, can collective confidence be learned? A 2014 study from an impoverished, food-insecure region of Ethiopia suggests that it...

Douglas Stuart’s 2020 Booker Prize winning novel Shuggie Bain is a love story as much as it is a story about hope. Stuart tells the fairly tragic story of a childhood in absolute poverty in and around 1980s Glasgow. It is a very grim portrayal of the high rises, the...

From the outset of my career, inspired by how psychology influences policies and perspectives, I aimed to positively impact those who have suffered adversity. I identify as British-Sri Lankan (Tamil) as my parents and grandparents migrated from Sri Lanka to London in the...

The BPS theme for 2020, ‘From poverty to flourishing’, pleased many across the Psychologists for Social Change (PSC) network. In many ways, this theme seems to capture a core motivation of our group. Much of the work across the network has been influenced by critical,...

In transforming the way we live and relate to each other, the Covid-19 pandemic has also radically altered the context in which we make decisions. When making trade-offs and planning for the future, people must now consider financial scarcity from lost employment...

I don’t live in poverty, but it was not always so. I grew up with my five siblings in a two-bedroom council house on a low-income estate. By the time I was seven, my mother was a single parent, and it had become apparent that raising six young children alone meant that...

My first appearance on the BBC took place at my auntie’s flat in Govanhill, on Glasgow’s southside, where she lived with my two cousins and a mother and child she had taken in who were fighting deportation. Having got involved in the Pollok Free State, she later became a...

If you have never experienced poverty for yourself, take a minute to imagine that you are applying for financial support. The money is there, you are told, if you are ‘needy’, ‘deprived’, and ‘vulnerable’ – the ‘people who have nothing’. The employees you meet are empathetic...