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From transmitted deprivation to social exclusionPolicy, poverty, and parenting$
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Dr John Welshman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348357

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348357.001.0001

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From problem families to the cycle of deprivation

From problem families to the cycle of deprivation

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(p.51) Two From problem families to the cycle of deprivation
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From transmitted deprivation to social exclusion
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John Welshman

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861348357.003.0003

This chapter attempts to explain the background to and timing of the cycle speech by tracing the longer-term continuities. It looks in particular at, first, Joseph's own family background and approach to poverty; second, his interest in problem families; third, the broader policy context of the late 1960s and early 1970s, including debates about poverty, abortion, and family planning; fourth, the DHSS Preparation for Parenthood initiative, including a seminar at All Souls College, Oxford, in April 1973; and, fifth, the influence of debates in the US that focused on IQ, the culture of poverty, and the benefits of early intervention (such as the Head Start programme) as a means of countering the effects of poverty on human development.

Keywords:   cycle speech, problem families, policy context, poverty, abortion, family planning, Preparation for Parenthood, All Souls College, IQ, Head Start programme

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