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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:48 PM

"Low-Wage Jobs Don't Just Harm the Worker - They Harm Their Children"

Low-Wage Jobs Don't Just Harm the Worker - They Harm Their Children

By Jeff Spross at ThinkProgress

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/12/07/1304121/low-wage-jobs-dont-just-harm-workers-they-harm-their-children/

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Low-wage work prevents parents from participating in their children’s development. Many low-income parents face longer hours, unusual hours, inflexible schedules, and lack benefits such as paid sick days, paid medical and parental lave, and vacation. This prevents them from providing the same attention and care to their children as higher income parents — often forcing a choice between their family and their income. They’re often less able to involve themselves in their child’s schooling, or to even ensure the child regularly attends class and completes homework. The kinds of jobs to which low-income parents are constrained are even associated with higher levels of depression, which of course effects the emotional health of the family as a whole.

Children of low-wage parents are often forced into the labor market early themselves. Bringing in enough money for the family to make ends meet can often force low-income youth themselves into the labor market prematurely, which can damage their socialization, development, and schoolwork. While studies of the effect of work on youth is mixed — with some positive results in terms of experience, literacy, and positive social influences — multiple investigations have also found a negative correlation between how much young people work at a job and how well they perform in high school. In one investigation of teens who dropped out of high school, 29 percent cited family concerns as a reason for leaving. The demands placed on low-wage parents can force their children into roles caring for other family members at a young age, or to take care of themselves.

Children of low-wage parents are more likely to face educational difficulties. Low-income youth are three times more likely to drop out of high school than middle-class youth, and six times as likely as young people from high-income families. Less than half of low-income youth between the ages of 18 and 24 remain consistently involved in school or connected to the labor market. As for higher education, a 2010 paper found that three quarters of students listed their family as “their top source for college support” and “the place they turn most for help” — precisely the kind of support low-wage work can prevent a parent from providing.

These trade-offs can trap parents in economic or familial hardship. Often times, advancing out of low-wage jobs requires an employee to take on longer or more unusual hours — something parents are less able to do. Thus a feedback loop begins in which low-wage parents must sacrifice the developmental needs of their children to raise the family’s standard of living, or in which parents refuse offers of higher-paying jobs precisely because they do not want to leave their children without the attention they need.


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applegrove Dec 2012 OP
JaneyVee Dec 2012 #1
grasswire Dec 2012 #2
applegrove Dec 2012 #3
Mnemosyne Dec 2012 #4
Bozita Dec 2012 #5
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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:00 PM

1. Poverty is an epidemic.

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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 11:24 PM

2. low wage jobs for some hurt ALL of us

Often, a low wage family must depend on government assistance for food or medical costs. I wonder if conservatives have ever considered the fact that failure to legislate a living wage perpetuates this transfer of human costs away from employers and onto taxpayers?

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Response to grasswire (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 11:39 PM

3. There are conmen or pawns in the GOP. The conmen know that they

are canibalising the country. The pawns not so much.

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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:17 AM

4. Very true. Thanks applegrove. K&R nt

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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:34 AM

5. Does Walmart still distribute guides to obtaining public assistance to all new employees?

If so, does that make them the Queen Mother of Pres. Reagan's famed Welfare Queens and Kings?

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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:41 AM

6. "Poverty is the worst form of violence"...

....M. Ghandi

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