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Citation:  Lustig, D.C., & Strauser, D. R. (2007). Causal relationships between poverty and disability. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 50 (4), 194-202.
Title:  Causal relationships between poverty and disability
Authors:  Lustig, D.C., & Strauser, D. R.
Year:  2007
Journal/Publication:  Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin
Publisher:  pro-ed
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported

Structured abstract:

Background:  Research has provided an understanding of why disability may cause poverty; however, a better understanding is needed of why poverty may cause disability.
Purpose:  The authors present the Poverty Disability Model, which offers an explanation of how individuals’ experience of poverty may increase their likelihood of experiencing disability and chronic health problems.
Setting:  United States
Findings:  There are four groups of factors that increase the risk that poverty will cause disability and chronic health problems: 1) social role devaluation, 2) environmental risk factors, 3) negative group influences, and (4) weakened sense of coherence, defined as a global orientation that the world is incomprehensible, unmanageable, and unmeaningful. The authors suggest that poverty reduces individuals’ access to resources that affect their acquisition of a chronic health problem or disability.
Conclusions:  The Poverty Disability Model links poverty as a cause of disability and establishes a foundation for future research to examine causal connections between poverty and disability.

Populations served:  Transition-age youth (14 - 24)
Adjudicated adults and youth
Consumers receiving federal financial assistance through TANF
Culturally diverse populations (e.g., African Americans, Native Americans, and non-English speaking populations)
High school dropouts / functionally illiterate persons
Persons with multiple disabilities (e.g., deaf-blindness, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse)
SSI and SSDI recipients
Sub-minimum wage employees
Youth in foster care