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 Q1 please read the following two definitions:

  1. “Situational poverty is generally caused by a sudden crisis or loss and is often temporary. Events causing situational poverty include environmental disasters, divorce, or severe health problems” (Jensen, 2009, para. 4).
  2. “Generational poverty occurs in families where at least two generations have been born into poverty. Families living in this type of poverty are not equipped with the tools to move out of their situations” (Jensen, 2009, para. 5).


Now that you have read these two definitions, let me proceed. A former student wrote the following passage (below in blue) on 6/22/09 and I thought I would share her comments with everyone. Even though it’s been seven years since she wrote this, I found the insight informative and I learned from it, so perhaps you will find it interesting too!


Former Student’s Comments:

“There is a difference between situational poverty and cultural(generational) poverty.  Situational poverty is an area many people today are finding themselves in.  This is a temporary point in life due to job loss, divorce or death or spouse/parent.  Generational poverty is for those who have had at least 2 generations of poverty/assistance.  

I attended a work training just a few months ago on the differences between and how the type of poverty affects behavior.  If I remember correctly, children in situational poverty might act out slightly due to the significant changes in life.  The transitions can be frightening for the kids and if they don’t know how to properly communicate their feelings, bad behavior ensue.  However, this is just a temporary phase and more often than not, the negative behaviors ceases before the poverty circumstances change.

But, in generational poverty, the negative behaviors are constant.  Of course, one needs to remember that this is what the children see on a daily basis.  Even when the parents are loving, supportive and hard working, the child will inevitably see a friend’s parents/role models who are the exact opposite.  To fit in, the child might agree to certain activities that are wrong.  

If the child is viewed as an object or a possession negative behavior can result.  Likewise, if the other parent is not active, the child might develop bad behaviors. 

I am not blaming poverty for all the trouble in the world nor am I saying that anyone in the poverty level will exhibit negative behaviors.  However, I do believe poverty affects much more than just one’s finances.  The more we understand the affects of poverty on our society the better chances we have of being able to be proactive with this and find a solution.”  


Source: Jensen, E. (2009). Chapter 1. Understanding the Nature of Poverty. In Teaching With Poverty in Mind. ASCD. Retrieved from http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/109074/chapters/Understanding-the-Nature-of-Poverty.aspx


Students, chapter 2/ page 54 (Berk, 2013) of your course textbook discussed reproductive technologies. Amid all that are mentioned, a very specific and controversial purpose of  reproductive technology was left out. Chapter 2 does not address Savior Siblings, which I think is an interesting concept. The first time I heard of savior siblings was during the Season 10 Episode 5 show of Grey’s Anatomy (October 2013). I thought the concept must be a joke, but then I researched it. Nope. Savior siblings are a real thing. 


For or those of you interested in the Grey’s Anatomy episode, here is a YouTube clip. Start watching at 3:36 for 1 minute (until the clip ends). 


“Savior siblings are children who are conceived for the primary purpose of being a tissue donor for an existing child who suffers from a debilitating disease such as cancer. ART (assisted reproductive technology) allows parents to select embryos that are a genetic match for the existing child.” -Pearson Education, 2014


Is this the first time you have heard of “savior siblings”? Here is some historical context that may intrigue you. The term “savior sibling” has only been around since 2002 and the first documented savior sibling case was just 1 year later. That’s just 14 years ago (“Savior Sibling”, n.d.). We don’t know if the practice of “savior” siblings was already being done before 2002, just without the name “savior sibling”. 


Also, today these types of medical situations aren’t commonly read about in the news or printed magazines. Given the highly ethical and controversial nature of the topic, I can personally see why parents who currently chose to do this could possibly want to do this privately. 

“The science of assisted reproductive technology is a miracle to some people and a nightmare to others. It has not been developed and implemented without problems. Vocal critics say it is immoral and dangerous to “fool with mother nature.” Most concerns about ART are ethical in nature and relate to questions such as the following. Should couples be able to have “savior siblings?” Do you share any of these concerns? -Pearson Education, 2014



Berk, L. E. (2013). Development through the Lifespan, 6/E. Retrieved from The University of Phoenix eBook Collection database.

“Savior Sibling”. (n.d.) World Wide Words. Retrieved from http://www.worldwidewords.org/turnsofphrase/tp-sav1.htm


Remember: To earn credit participation credit, all participation posts MUST (1) refer to at least one academic resource and (2) must contain in-text citations, and (3) supply the reference at the conclusion of your post. 

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