Family Diversity and Family Policy: Strengthening Families for America's Children
Beginning with a discussion of the historical and contemporary context of the American family, Family Diversity and Family Policy focuses on child poverty and argues that this topic may be usefully studied within the context of developmental systems theory. This theory systematically links the development of individuals to variations in their physical and social ecology, and is used as a framework for discussing:
Contemporary challenges faced by parents charged with rearing adolescents, and the familial and societal issues that arise when the adolescents being reared are parents themselves.
Current policy issues that arise from welfare debates in the United States and from recently-enacted welfare reform legislation.
The importance for our nation of developing a comprehensive national youth policy.
The authors draw implications for the design, delivery, and evaluation of diversity-sensitive policies and programs for families and youth, and offer a vision of how to link scholars, policy makers, and community members in multi-professional and multi-institutional collaborations promoting the positive development of American families and youth.
Family Diversity and Family Policy is relevant to scholars and policy makers interested in human development, particularly of children and adolescents. In addition, it should be essential reading for practitioners and policy makers in government, private industry, and public and private social service organizations.
- Hardback | 168 pages
- 160.02 x 241.3 x 17.78mm | 453.59g
- 30 Sep 1999
- Dordrecht, Netherlands
- 1999 ed.
- XX, 168 p.
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