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Children in Poverty
Child Development and Public Policy

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  • Date Published: February 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521391627

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  • The number of children living in poverty in the United States increased dramatically during the 1980s and remains high. By 1985, twenty percent of all children lived in families subsisting below the poverty line; percentages for black and Hispanic children were notably higher. The articles in this book attempt to address three main issues: Why so many children grow up in poor families, what the effects of poverty on a child's physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development are, and what role can public policy and policy research play in preventing or alleviating the damaging effects of poverty on children? Most books on poverty focus on analysis of the parents' income, and policies are aimed at self-sufficiency. This book is unique because it is child-centered. It concludes that solving the problem of childhood poverty requires society to assume greater responsibility for providing aid directly influencing the child, such as child allowances, medical care, child care and child support.

    • A wide-ranging study of the issues surrounding child poverty - the effects on a child's development and how public policy can alleviate the situation
    • Comprehensive coverage with contributors from sociology, economics, public health, psychology, child development and education
    • Although based on the American experience, this is a study of an important issue affecting all western societies
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Intended for policymakers and scholars....A useful resource for its intended audience." F.J. Peirce, Choice

    "...a thorough and rather tightly written discussion of the issues underlying what is arguably the number one social problem facing the United States, children in poverty. The book is informative, thorough, interesting and important..." Charles A. Kiesler, Contemporary Psychology

    "...a timely and important book....highly useful collection of original papers....an intelligent book that provides perhaps the most comprehensive single source available today on the subject...has clearly set an agenda for policy-related research for many years to come." Daniel T. Lichter, American Journal of Sociology

    "...usefully presents information that is both detailed and current. The novelty of the volume is that it combines social statistics with policy research on specific programs affecting poor children, arguing that we now know enough to justify large program reforms. Children in Poverty is authoritative: anyone interested in child policy must read it." Bruce Bellingham, Contemporary Sociology

    "...an integrated approach to policymakers and researchers about the complex and unique problems that face children in poverty. By compiling an impressive array of research data that delineates the effects of poverty on America's children, this book is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to have a realistic picture of the plight facing many children." Theresa M. Jones, Child Development Abstracts & Bibliography

    "...authoritative: anyone interested in child policy must read it." Bruce Bellingham, Contemporary Sociology

    "Focuses on children rather than on parental income or self-sufficiency to examine questions related to the increasing numbers of children in poverty." Public Welfare

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1992
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521391627
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 164 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.628kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Children in poverty: developmental and policy issues
    2. The economic environment of childhood
    3. The role of mother-only families in reproducing poverty
    4. The association between adolescent parenting and childhood poverty
    5. The strain of living poor: parenting, social support, and child mental health
    6. The health of poor children: problems and programs
    7. With a little help: children in poverty and child care
    8. Poverty, early childhood education, and academic competence: the Abecedarian experiment
    9. Educational acceleration for at-risk students
    10. Cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses of interventions for children in poverty
    11. Effective progras for children growing up in concentrated poverty
    12. Antecedents, consequences, and possible solutions for poverty among children
    Author index
    Subject index.

  • Editor

    Aletha C. Huston, University of Texas, Austin

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