- Oscar Lewis presented the culture of poverty as a set of beliefs, values, and behaviors among the poor that are different from those who are non-poor. It is believed that these behaviors are passed down from generation to generation (Dinitto & McNeece, 2008 p. 294).
- A belief about the culture of poverty includes those who do not belong to professional organizations, social organizations, community organizations, labor unions, or political groups, which are normal for most people in society (Dinitto & McNeece, 2008 p. 294).
- Often, the uninvolved poor are distrustful of social institutions such as police, departments, schools and social services (Dinitto & McNeece, 2008 p. 294).
- Due to the lack of involvement between the poor and the larger culture or society, the poor are less likely to experience the advantages of social supports or community resources that will eventually lead to productive economy activity. (Dinitto & McNeece, 2008 p. 294).
- The culture of poverty is described as a community made up of individuals in a terrible economic position who have an absence of activities outside the family division (Dinitto & McNeece, 2008 p. 295).
- Due to the poor’s non-involvement in community activities, they suffer from lack of safety and lower quality public services, social services, and schools (Dinitto & McNeece, 2008 p. 295).
- At times, families fail to socialize children in becoming healthy, empowered, and active adults and instead children are more likely to give birth at an early age, enter a single parent household that lacks the resources for raising children and drop out of school or become unemployed (Dinitto & McNeece, 2008 p. 295).
- People living in poverty usually suffer from weak egos, poor impulse control, and have a feeling of doom and fatalism (Dinitto & McNeece, 2008 p. 295).
DiNitto, Diana M., and Carl Aaron. McNeece. Social Work: Issues and Opportunities in a Challenging Profession. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1990. Print.