poverty

More than four million children are amongst the 14 million people living in poverty in the UK, the world’s fifth largest economy. Given the well-documented physical and psychological effects this can have, the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Senate has voted to make...

Looking at the behaviour of people living in poverty could lead to the conclusion that the poor behave very badly, said Professor Eldar Shafir (Princeton University). People living in poverty have poor adherence to drugs, take out multiple high-interest payday loans, are...

There is now consistent evidence to suggest that serious harm to physical and mental health and well-being can be caused by the experience of poverty and adverse life events (Duncan & Brooks-Gunn, 1997; McLoyd, 1998).  Socio-economic disadvantage, material hardship and...

More than 20 years after our previous article in The Psychologist (September, 1993) a white paper for the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology ‘Humanitarian work psychology’ (SIOP, 2013) provides a new perspective on global development that challenges the...