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Children in Poverty : Child Development and Public Policy - Aletha C. Huston

Children in Poverty

Child Development and Public Policy

By: Aletha C. Huston (Editor)

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Published: 28th February 1992
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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.

'This is a timely and important book ... It is an intelligent book that provides perhaps the most comprehensive single source available today on the subject.' American Journal of Sociology

Preface
Children in poverty: developmental and policy issues
The economic environment of childhood
The role of mother-only families in reproducing poverty
The association between adolescent parenting and childhood poverty
The strain of living poor: parenting, social support, and child mental health
The health of poor children: problems and programs
With a little help: children in poverty and child care
Poverty, early childhood education, and academic competence: the Abecedarian experiment
Educational acceleration for at-risk students
Cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses of interventions for children in poverty
Effective progras for children growing up in concentrated poverty
Antecedents, consequences, and possible solutions for poverty among children
Author index
Subject index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521391627
ISBN-10: 0521391628
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 28th February 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.61