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"The 'Hidden Injuries' of Childhood Poverty: The Impact of Class Stigma, Stereotypes, and Bias"

Heather Bullock, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz
Aug 09, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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Brooke Miller-Jacobs
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Children are aware of social class and class-based stereotypes at a young age. For low-income children, the classist stereotypes and stigma associated with poverty amplify material hardship. This presentation explores how low-income children are affected by the “hidden injuries” of class (Sennett & Cobb, 1972). Strategies and policies for enhancing well-being are discussed. Heather Bullock is Professor of the Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and Director of UCSC’s Blum Center on Poverty, Social Enterprise, and Participatory Governance. She studies the social psychological causes and consequences of economic injustice. Much of her work focuses on women’s experiences of poverty. Heather also examines the attitudes and beliefs that predict support for anti-poverty policies, and the impact of framing on policy preferences. Before joining the faculty at UCSC, Heather served as an APA/AAAS Congressional Fellow with the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions – Democratic Office. She worked for Senator Edward M. Kennedy on policies related to poverty, welfare reform, food insecurity, and early childhood education. Her books include Women and Poverty: Psychology, Public Policy, and Social Bullock PhotoJustice and Psychology and Economic Injustice: Personal, Professional, and Political Intersections (co-authored with Bernice Lott). She served as the inaugural chair of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Socioeconomic Status. Heather is currently the editor of Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy.

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