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date: 03 December 2022

Economic Security and Family Well-Beinglocked

Economic Security and Family Well-Beinglocked

  • Robert CosbyRobert CosbyHoward University
  •  and Janice Berry-EdwardsJanice Berry-EdwardsHoward University

Summary

Economic security and family well-being remain important issues for communities and for social workers, particularly during economic downturns. Workers in industries such as restaurants, hotels, healthcare, and communications were dramatically affected by the spread of the COVID-19 virus in 2020 and 2021 in the United States. Companies have struggled, many closing during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of those with significant economic capital and potential for growth during this time experienced huge growth opportunities in wealth, but not all. At the same time there were significant racial disparities associated with COVID-19, including disparate access to medical services. Social workers can benefit from understanding the complex issues associated with economic insecurity. The impact of economic insecurity among individuals, families, and communities can ravage their physical, emotional, and mental well-being, and understanding how macro, mezzo, and micro dynamics affect individual and family quality of life is paramount for social workers.

Subjects

  • Couples and Families
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Poverty

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