28. Psychology Applied to Poverty

  1. Paul R. Martin3,
  2. Fanny M. Cheung BA PhD4,
  3. Michael C. Knowles MCom (Qld), PhD (Edin)5,
  4. Michael Kyrios6,
  5. J. Bruce Overmier7 and
  6. José M. Prieto8
  1. Stuart C. Carr1 and
  2. Chiwoza R. Bandawe PhD2

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch28

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

How to Cite

Carr, S. C. and Bandawe, C. R. (2011) Psychology Applied to Poverty, in IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology (eds P. R. Martin, F. M. Cheung, M. C. Knowles, M. Kyrios, J. B. Overmier and J. M. Prieto), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch28

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

  2. 4

    Chinese University of Hong Kong

  3. 5

    Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 6

    Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

  5. 7

    University of Minnesota, USA

  6. 8

    Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Author Information

  1. 1

    Massey University, New Zealand

  2. 2

    University of Malawi, Malawi

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 1 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405193313

Online ISBN: 9781444395150



  • psychology applied to poverty;
  • psychology, applied to poverty - lens for scrutinizing its psychological features, a means for contributing to poverty reduction;
  • professional training in any discipline - psychology included, leaving the expert out of touch with clients' everyday needs;
  • demand for poverty reduction services - arguably at an all-time high, providing convenient and timely yardstick for reassessing psychology's supply;
  • content of demand, for income - best-known statistics, World Bank's $1.25/2.50-a-day “development indicators”;
  • poverty reduction strategy papers - in theory, papers designed as exercise in participative planning, involving citizens, clients and consumers from local community;
  • cultural competence - crucial, whenever diversity is sociocultural;
  • Programs for Woman, a micro-credit lending enterprise development project - based in Nicaragua;
  • budget versus project aid - governments featuring prominently in poverty reduction, assistance channeled through in-country government;
  • poverty, perpetuated and reduced at micro, mezzanine and macro levels - interventions, as direct cash transfers to household decision-makers, paying for child health care and education


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Content of Demand

  • Processes in Demand

  • What Can We Supply?

  • How Can Psychology Be Supplied?

  • Conclusion

  • References