Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Journalism

Language

English

Abstract

In many developed countries or regions, wide income disparities increase the difficulty in reducing poverty. In their day‐to‐day lives, poor people often feel less accepted by the society. The failures in communicating with social groups and receiving social support lead to negative consequences on individual well‐being and higher level of social exclusion. Based on the debate upon alternative approaches to conceptualizing and operationalizing poverty, this study attempts to verify a mediation model with data from a household survey (N = 1,202) in Hong Kong. The results of structural equation modelling reveal that deprivation is a more powerful indicator than income poverty for specifying the negative relations of poverty with interpersonal communication, social support, and social acceptance; the negative impact of deprivation on social acceptance can be reduced by two significant mediators of interpersonal communication and social support. The results are discussed in terms of directions for future research and policy and welfare intervention.

Keywords

Poverty, Deprivation, Social acceptance, Interpersonal Communication, Social support

Publication Date

11-2019

Source Publication Title

Social Policy and Administration

Volume

53

Issue

6

Start Page

889

End Page

902

Publisher

Wiley

DOI

10.1111/spol.12536

Link to Publisher's Edition

https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12536

ISSN (print)

01445596

ISSN (electronic)

14679515

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