Deprived or not deprived? Comparing the measured extent of material deprivation using the UK government's and the Poverty and Social Exclusion surveys' method of calculating material deprivation

Morag C. Treanor*

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Abstract

Poverty can either be measured directly, through standards of living such as material deprivation, or indirectly through resources available, usually income. Research shows that the optimum measure of poverty combines these methods, a fact that the UK government took cognisance of in its tripartite measure of child poverty. For use in a birth cohort study, two methods of calculating material deprivation were tested: the method used by the UK government taken from the Family Resources Survey (FRS), and the methods used in the Poverty and Social Exclusion (PSE) study at Bristol University. Results show that the former measure, compared to the latter measure, underestimates the depth and extent of material deprivation among families with young children in Scotland.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1337-1346
Number of pages10
JournalQuality and Quantity
Volume48
Issue number3
Early online date13 Feb 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2014

Keywords

  • Material deprivation
  • Child poverty
  • UK
  • Scotland
  • Quantitative methodology

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