The challenges faced by those in poverty are brought to light in Payne's A Framework for Understanding Poverty. Written especially for educators and social, health, and legal service professionals, this book provides valuable insights into working with people from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. The numerous charts, tables, and questionnaires give Framework an interactive style. Since 1995, when the first editon was released, A Framework for Understanding Poverty has guided hundreds of thousands of educators and other professionals through the pitfalls and barriers faced by all classes, especially the poor. Framework not only documents the facts of poverty, it provides practical yet compassionate strategies for addressing its impact on people's lives.