Comparing income poverty gap and deprivation on social acceptance: A mediation model with interpersonal communication and social support

Yin ZHANG*, Hung Wong, Ji Kang Chen, Vera M.Y. Tang

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)889-902
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Policy and Administration
Volume53
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

User-Defined Keywords

  • deprivation
  • interpersonal communication
  • poverty
  • social acceptance
  • social support

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