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This paper explores the impact of poverty and depression on the lives of young adult African American women in the United States. First, the paper defines poverty and notes its accompanying chronic stress. Various symptoms of this stress are described, such as hormonal imbalances and other health issues that affect women. Next, the paper considers the relationship between family stress and depression. It also discusses how depression compounds existing problems, particularly in the cycle of poverty. Then, the paper addresses the resources these women need to free themselves of depression and face the challenges associated with poverty, particularly getting out of it. Finally, the paper examines how depression in young African-American women impacts the community. The paper concludes by addressing the necessity of funding for these impoverished women so they may get out of their depressive cycle and live fuller lives.
From the Paper:'Poverty creates a condition of chronic stress in women that can lead to the development of depressive symptoms. It was found that the severity of chronic stress accounted for differences between the depressive symptoms in African American women and Caucasian women. African women in the study tended to report both greater chronic stress and more severe depressive symptoms (Grote, Bledscoe, & Wellman, et al, 2007).
"Women face many life changes that can unbalance their hormonal states, such s when women begin their menstrual cycle, get pregnant, have their monthly cycles, or are in a perimenopausal state (Kelta, 2007). These times can be particularly challenging for women living in poverty. Young adults face a time of stress and dramatic change as they try to make their own way in the world. They are getting married, getting their first jobs, having babies, moving away from home and taking on the responsibilities of adulthood. In addition to the normal stresses of this time in their lives, young African American women face the prospects of inequality in the workforce. They are called the working poor and face considerable odds as they enter the workforce."
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Poverty, Depression and African American Women in the US (2012, October 19) Retrieved November 16, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/poverty-depression-and-african-american-women-in-the-us-151886/
"Poverty, Depression and African American Women in the US" 19 October 2012. Web. 16 November. 2019. <https://www.academon.com/term-paper/poverty-depression-and-african-american-women-in-the-us-151886/>