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Author Weissbourd, Rick.

Title The vulnerable child : what really hurts America's children and what we can do about it / Richard Weissbourd.

Imprint Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley Pub., ©1996.


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 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  362.76 WEISSBOURD    Check Shelf
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  362.76 W432V    Check Shelf
 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  362.7 WE    Check Shelf
Description xv, 280 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 263) and index.
Summary The Vulnerable Child takes us beyond stereotypes and superficial categorizations to provide a thorough examination of the true nature of childhood disadvantage. Richard Weissbourd interviewed hundreds of children and professionals from areas as diverse as Danville, Arkansas; New York City; Seattle; Boston; Chicago; and Baltimore. He also reexamined a broad spectrum of past and present research. What he found is that, while poverty and racial prejudice contribute greatly to the disadvantage of millions of children, in fact most children at risk are not poor, and there is much evidence to suggest that factors such as chronic parental stress and depression have a more powerful influence on a child's fate than whether or not there are two parents in the home or whether or not the family lives below the poverty line. The Vulnerable Child demonstrates why so many of our efforts to help children have failed. More important, it describes in detail programs that have approached disadvantage from this more perceptive and integrated perspective - in health care, in education, in child protective services, and in community policing - and have brilliantly succeeded. The two most fundamental lessons are that, to help kids, programs must strengthen parents, and programs must provide a ladder of meaningful opportunities. The Vulnerable Child not only shows us what can be done to help; it shows conclusively that the children needing help are not somehow "other." They are all America's children.
Form Also issued online.
Contents 1. What Ever Happened to Huckleberry Finn? -- 2. The Real Roots of Success and Failure -- 3. Families Untied? -- 4. Looking Inside Families -- 5. The Roots of Gangs and Cliques -- 6. Communities: More than Kind and Less than Kin -- 7. The Troubles of Ghetto Children -- 8. Why Our Efforts to Help Children Fail -- 9. Healthy Starts -- 10. Schools That Work -- 11. Even If the Boat Goes Down: Child Protective Services -- 12. The Police -- 13. Beyond the Edifice Complex: What Cities Can Do.
Subject Child welfare -- United States.
Problem children -- United States.
Dysfunctional families -- United States.
Family policy -- United States.
Family problems -- United States.
Enfants -- Protection, assistance, etc.
Enfants difficiles -- États-Unis.
Familles inadaptées -- États-Unis.
Politique familiale -- États-Unis.
Child welfare. (OCoLC)fst00854709
Dysfunctional families. (OCoLC)fst01728523
Family policy. (OCoLC)fst00920433
Problem children. (OCoLC)fst01077832
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Sociale problemen.
Indexed Term Children Care
United States
Other Form: Online version: Weissbourd, Rick. Vulnerable child. Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley Pub., ©1996 (OCoLC)604855322
ISBN 0201483955
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