Hidden Rules Among Classes
Many of the attitudes that those in poverty bring with them are an integral part of their culture and belief systems. Middle-class solutions should not necessarily be imposed when other, more workable, solutions might be found. An understanding of the culture and values of poverty will lessen the anger and frustration that may others may have when dealing with those in poverty. The following “hidden rules” are the unspoken cues and habits of a group that may be helpful to you. To learn more, read “A Framework for Understanding Poverty,” by Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D.