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Licensing Parents : Can We Prevent Child Abuse And Neglect? - Jack C. Westman

Licensing Parents

Can We Prevent Child Abuse And Neglect?

Paperback Published: 2nd November 2001
ISBN: 9780738206219
Number Of Pages: 347

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In 1991, the National Commission on Children called attention to the fact that a small but significant number of parents are failing to fulfill their basic childrearing responsibilities. Dr. Jack C. Westman, an esteemed child advocate, systematically connects the damage caused to children by the failings of those parents to our society's educational, health, safety, and economic problems. A small fraction of the population has reduced public safety to unacceptable levels of danger and sapped the productivity of the nation. These dangerous and dependent individuals are increasing in numbers that drain public funds and erode the productivity of our workforce.

Introductionp. 1
The Eroding Quality of Life in the United Statesp. 7
The Decline of Education, Health, Safety, and the Economyp. 12
Why Have We Not "Drawn the Line"?p. 23
The Proximate Cause: Incompetent Parentingp. 27
Defining Competent Parentingp. 28
Defining Incompetent Parentingp. 30
The Relationship between Poverty and Incompetent Parentingp. 34
The Benefits to Society of Competent Parentingp. 41
The Role of Affectionate Attachment Bonds in Citizenshipp. 42
Competent Parenting Prevents Illnessp. 45
Competent Parenting Prevents Social Problemsp. 48
Obstacles to Forming Affectionate Attachment Bondsp. 50
The Effects of Incompetent Parentingp. 53
Incompetent Parenting and Habitual Criminalsp. 55
Incompetent Parenting and Welfare Dependencyp. 69
Incompetent Parenting and Homeless Childrenp. 73
Incompetent Parenting and Public Healthp. 74
Incompetent Parenting and National Productivityp. 78
The Costs of Incompetent Parentingp. 83
The Costs of Habitual Criminalsp. 85
The Costs of Intergenerational Welfare Dependencyp. 91
The Costs of Child Abuse and Neglect Servicesp. 92
Losses in National Productivityp. 93
The Total Cost of Incompetent Parentingp. 95
Prioritizing Risks to Our Societyp. 96
The Tolerance of Incompetent Parentingp. 99
The Impact of Individualism on Social Valuesp. 100
The Impact of Individualism on Social Structuresp. 106
The Disparagement of Parentingp. 111
Society's Fragmented Reactions to Social Problemsp. 116
The Political Crisis--Recoil Responsep. 118
The Elevated Threshold of Deviancyp. 120
Juvenile Ageismp. 123
The Dynamics of Prejudice and Discriminationp. 125
Elder Ageismp. 126
The Forms of Juvenile Ageismp. 127
Areas of Progressp. 141
An Antidote to Juvenile Ageism: Children's Civil Rightsp. 145
Authentic Child Advocacyp. 146
A Child's Right to Competent Parentingp. 149
The Civil Rights of Childrenp. 150
The Legal Rights of Childrenp. 153
Cultural Expectations of Parents and Childrenp. 159
A Parent's Right to Be Competentp. 163
Parenthood as a Developmental Processp. 165
The Developmental Readiness for Parenthoodp. 166
The Dilemma of Adolescent Pregnancyp. 174
The Dilemma of Adolescent Parenthoodp. 180
Social Policy and Teenage Parentsp. 191
Social Policy and Parentingp. 196
A New Way of Thinking about Childrenp. 199
"Little Picture" Thinkingp. 200
"Big Picture" Thinkingp. 203
Social Values versus Cultural Valuesp. 206
Supporting Competent Parenting as a National Policyp. 210
The Societal Goal of Competent Citizenshipp. 212
A National Parenting Policyp. 215
The Concept of Parent Licensurep. 218
A Multisystem Approach to Improving Parental Competencep. 220
The Precedents for Licensing Parentsp. 228
Childless and Childrearing Marriagesp. 236
Procedures for Licensing Parentsp. 238
Alternatives to Licensing Parentsp. 244
The Rationale for Licensing Parentsp. 245
Arguments against Licensing Parentsp. 249
The Imposition of Majority Standardsp. 251
Violating the Sacred Parent--Child Relationshipp. 252
Licensing Would Foster Parent Blamingp. 254
Restricting the Right of Adults to Freedom of Actionp. 255
Licensing Would Accompany Financial Child Supportp. 256
Fear of According Adult Rights to Childrenp. 257
Enforcing Conformity in Childrearingp. 258
The Political Rejection of the Familyp. 259
The Maturing Influence of Childrearingp. 260
Objectionable Prior Restraintp. 261
The Fallibility of Prediction and Educationp. 262
The Unfeasibility of Administrationp. 263
Licensing Would Replace Helping Parentsp. 264
Insufficient Adoption Opportunitiesp. 265
Research Is Inconclusivep. 267
Education, Training, and Clinical Services Are Sufficientp. 268
Favored Legal Treatment Is Undesirablep. 269
Society's Need for Incompetencep. 271
Drastic Changes in Public Policy Do Not Occurp. 272
Are These Arguments Obstacles or Hurdles?p. 273
Conclusion: Will the United States Value Parenting?p. 275
The Social Costs of Incompetent Parentingp. 276
Our Society Must Value Parentingp. 278
Social Welfare Is Not Enoughp. 280
Parenting Can Be Self-Fulfillingp. 281
The United States Needs a National Parenting Policyp. 282
Global Leadership in Human Rights for Childrenp. 284
Appendixp. 287
Notesp. 289
Indexp. 337
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ISBN: 9780738206219
ISBN-10: 0738206210
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 347
Published: 2nd November 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.08 x 14.07  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1