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Topic Selection for Lib 200: Socioeconomic issues

This guide serves as your starting point in identifying a possible topic to explore for the final assignment

What does social-economics mean?

I have selected the American Psychological Association (APA) interpretation of socio-economic status as stated:

"Socioeconomic status is the social standing or class of an individual or group. It is often measured as a combination of education, income and occupation. Examinations of socioeconomic status often reveal inequities in access to resources, plus issues related to privilege, power and control."

Adapted from APA’s Socioeconomic Status Office publications American Psychological Association "Socioeconomic Status."  https://www.apa.org/topics/socioeconomic-status/

 The full text of the resolution is linked below.

Other variations of this this issue includes socioeconomic injustice, economic injustice, as well as economic inequality. The definitions I read, did not provide the breath that the APA one provided.

Possible topics

Access to adequate  housing;  Access to social services;  access to child care; access to health care/services; criminal justice (incarceration, employment, recidivism, etc); education (race, gender)(elementary, private, public) (higher education, private , public)

Gender (sexual orientation, identity); Gender pay gap; education pay gap; adoption

Disability and sport, wounded veterans, veterans and mental health, 

Selected organizations

other resources

Example

I went to the APA site

Selected this category: children, youth, families; clicked on this link

https://www.apa.org/pi/ses/resources/publications/children-families

identified this possible topic

 (Physical health) prenatal care for African American women (low income); possible issue: what types of prenatal care is provided to low income African American women?

From the same APA website, i decided to stay in the same category of children, youth, and families further down in (Family well-being) sub category, looked at the topic of family resiliency and parental incarceration.  this is a potential topic of interest to focus on.

How do children of parents who are incarcerated learn resiliency? Maybe focus on race, or generation issues, who's rasing the child, what type of support systems exist?