NH Agricultural Experiment Station research: Health issues, relationship changes trigger economic spirals for low-income rural families

Posted: June 16, 2014

When it comes to the factors that can send low-income rural families into a downward spiral, health issues and relationship changes appear to be major trigger events. Fortunately, support networks – in particular, extended families – can help ease these poverty spells, according to new research from the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.

The research was conducted by Elizabeth Dolan, emeritus associate professor of family studies at UNH, and her colleagues Sheila Mammen at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Sharon Seiling at Ohio State University. The research is presented in the article “Explaining the poverty dynamics of rural families using an economic well-being continuum” in the Journal of Family and Economic Issues.

Read the full press release here.