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Optimism-Pessimism About Helping the Poor with Health Problems

LOIS PRATT
Social Work
Vol. 15, No. 2 (April 1970), pp. 29-33
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23712587
Page Count: 5
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Optimism-Pessimism About Helping the Poor with Health Problems
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Abstract

Pessimism about the chances of helping the poor improve their health was found to characterize a sizable minority of health and social workers, especially well-educated workers who had direct contact with poor clients. The workers cited the limited capacities of the poor and the lack of public support rather than their own lack of knowledge about or empathy with the poor as reasons for their pessimism.

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