Generational poverty

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Generational poverty is a term defined as having been in poverty for at least two generations.[1] It can affect every aspect of a person’s life: physical, social, emotional and mental.[2]


Some common characteristics among many people who experience generational poverty:

  • Family has never owned land
  • Lack of access to higher education
  • Low-skilled jobs
  • High mobility
  • Low family literacy[3]
  • Dependance on welfare


  1. Noddings, Nel; Brooks, Laurie. Teaching Controversial Issues: The Case for Critical Thinking and Moral Commitment in the Classroom. 
  2. "What is Generational Poverty?". Retrieved 20 May 2018. 
  3. "Generational Poverty". Retrieved 20 May 2018.