Poverty in the United States

Women’s Voices

  • Ann O'Leary
  • Paula M. Frew

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Sally Hodder, H. Spiegel, Lydia Soto-Torres, Danielle F. Haley
    Pages 1-8
  3. Danielle F. Haley, Linda Vo, Kimberly A. Parker, Paula M. Frew, Carol E. Golin, Oluwakemi Amola et al.
    Pages 9-23
  4. Paula M. Frew, Kimberly A. Parker, Linda Vo, Danielle F. Haley, Terry McGovern, Lauren E. Owens et al.
    Pages 25-49
  5. Ann O’Leary, Ilana Gabrielle Raskind, Melissa Turner
    Pages 51-61
  6. Carol E. Golin, Oluwakemi Amola, Anna Dardick, Brooke Montgomery, Lauren Bishop, Sharon Parker et al.
    Pages 63-91
  7. Irene Kuo, Melissa Turner, Claudia Trezza, James Peterson
    Pages 93-112
  8. Matthew Archibald, Jennifer Stewart, Linda Vo, Dazon Dixon Diallo, Waheedah Shabazz, Lauren E. Owens et al.
    Pages 113-132
  9. Kimberly A. Parker, Laura Riley, Stephanie Lykes, Jessie R. M. Legros
    Pages 133-154
  10. Kari R. Olson, Jessica E. Justman, Yunmi Chung, Kimberly A. Parker, Carol E. Golin, Stephanie Lykes
    Pages 155-169
  11. Kimberly A. Parker, Danielle F. Haley, Lauren Bishop, Dorothy Bota
    Pages 171-188
  12. Danielle F. Haley, Kimberly A. Parker, Emily F. Dauria, Christin Root, Lorenna Rodriguez, Erin Ruel et al.
    Pages 189-205
  13. Ann O’Leary, Lisa Diane White, Lynne Anderson, Lauren Bishop
    Pages 207-220
  14. Sten H. Vermund, Wafaa El-Sadr, Carlos del Rio, Gina M. Wingood
    Pages 221-232
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 233-234

About this book


This important text explores the deep relationships between poverty, health/mental health conditions, and widespread social problems as they affect the lives of low-income women. A robust source of both empirical findings and first-person descriptions by poor women of their living conditions, it exposes cyclical patterns of structural and environmental stressors contributing to impaired physical and mental health. Psychological conditions (notably depression and PTSD), substance use and abuse, domestic and gun-related violence, relationship instability, and hunger in low-income communities, especially among women of color, are discussed in detail. In terms of solutions, the book’s contributors identify areas for major policy reform and make potent recommendations for community outreach, wide-scale intervention, and sustained advocacy.

Among the topics covered:
• The intersection of women’s health and poverty.
• Poverty, personal experiences of violence, and mental health.
• The role of social support for women living in poverty.
• The logic of exchange sex among women living in poverty.
• Physical safety and neighborhood issues.
• Exploring the complex intersections between housing environments and health behaviors among women living in poverty.

A stark reminder that health should be considered a basic human right, Poverty in the United States: Women's Voices is a necessary reference for research professionals particularly interested in women’s studies, HIV/AIDS prevention, poverty, and social policy. 


Childhood Sexual Abuse Children in Poverty Food Insecurity Incarcerated Women Intimate Partner Violence PTSD Women in Poverty

Editors and affiliations

  • Ann O'Leary
    • 1
  • Paula M. Frew
    • 2
  1. 1.AtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Medicine Division of Infectious DiseasesEmory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-43831-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-43833-7
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