As poverty continues to be a feature of the social and economic landscape in the United Kingdom, attention is turning towards the potentially damaging role played by individual decisions made in low-income contexts.
This report summarises the most recent evidence on the relationship between socioeconomic status and the psychological, social and cultural processes that underpin decision-making, it highlights:
- the results of 15 systematic reviews of recent evidence on the relationship between socioeconomic status and psychological, social and cultural processes underpinning decision-making;
- insights on the impact of poverty on thinking, behaviour patterns, facing challenges and engaging with the social world;
- a discussion of what these relationships mean for decision-making by those living in or near poverty;
- how decision-making in contexts of poverty serves important immediate functions, even if it has negative consequences for long-term outcomes; and
- implications for interventions designed to empower those living in poverty to make decisions that enhance their long-term well-being.
How poverty affects people's decision making processes (174.48 KB)
How poverty affects people's decision making processes (2.08 MB)
A review of psychological research into the causes and consequences of poverty.
Children in low-income households do less well than their better-off peers on many outcomes in life, such as education or health, simply because they are poorer.