Discuss the impact of current economic issues and policies on employment, housing, and SES. Consider the overall impact these policies have on children and adolescents.
(1) Discuss the impact of current economic issues and policies on employment, housing, and SES.
Both the terms institution and social structure have varied meanings to refer to social phenomena (Fleetwood, 2008). For example, social structures can be used negatively to refer to rules, positions, systems, values, and all meanings that do not relate to human behaviors. According to Fleetwood (2008), because there are many elements that are not reduced to human behaviors, it can be difficult to differentiate between social and institutional structures. However, he asserts that the common approach has been to treat institution and social structures as patterned social practices. Relative to the impact of current economic issues and policies on employment, housing, and SES, structural inequities exist in the form of housing ownership and/or occupancy is stated to be linked to policies of discrimination, group differences, resources, and rate of preference based on structures of racial and ethnic inequality (Sampson, 2008).
As an example, the most recent economic crisis linked to housing and involving mortgage foreclosures has had its major impact on the poor and less advantaged (Badger, 2012). According to Badger (2012), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) categorizes persons most impacted by the housing crisis as households with "extreme low incomes" characterized by an income figure that is less than 30 percent of a family's median income. Sampson (2008) asserts that concentrated poverty has ...
The solution discusses current economic issues and policies on employment and housing.