Child Poverty in America Today [Four Volumes] [4 volumes] / Edition 1

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In a 2004 study by the Annie E. Casey, Ford, and Rockefeller Foundations it was reported that a large number of American families are currently faring poorly in their struggle to provide for themselves. Low-income and poor families were found to contain one-third of all of the children in American working families. Low-wage jobs without benefits mean that families at or below the poverty line live a precarious existence. This four-volume set is designed to reveal, explicate, analyze, and assess the effects of an inadequate income on children.

Each volume contains original essays written by an interdisciplinary roster of contributors. The first volume, Children and the State addresses policy and legislation that affect low-income families. One issue that is considered in this volume is the lack of a national housing policy in the United States. The second volume, Health and Medical Issues includes discussions on the status of Medicaid, the lack of mental health services available for low-income families, and the difficult-to-access healthcare for the rural poor. Volume three, Families and Children explores the effects of welfare reform, especially the issue of childcare and the increased work expectations of parents. Other compelling topics in this volume include low-income families and the Family and Medical Leave Act, poor children and the internet, and the increase in economic insecurity among low-income families who increasingly live on credit. In the final volume, The Promise of Education, universal pre-kindergarten, Head Start, and the education of immigrant children are all explored.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[A]n outstanding resource and an essential purchase for both academic and special libraries. Without a doubt, this set is one of the most important social science reference books published this year."


American Reference Books Annual

"Arrighi and Maume present, over the course of four volumes, around 40 interdisciplinary papers examining the demographic, political, economic, and social contexts of persistent child poverty in America. Recurrent themes that cut across the chapters include an emphasis on structural factors such as racial and ethnic residential segregation or gender-based occupational segregation, problems in measuring and defining poverty, the necessity to more directly measure economic hardship, the need for child poverty analyses to take into account how race and ethnicity impact the experience and dynamics of child poverty, how neighborhood race-ethnic and household composition characteristics interact and impact child poverty, and the deep relationship between child poverty and women's poverty."


Reference & Research Book News

"This four-volume encyclopedia is a collection of essays from a wide variety of disciplines addressing issues of child care, health, education, and government policies toward child poverty in the US….In these well-researched essays, child experts show that without attention to job training, fair wages, adequate health care, and strong early and K-12 education, the US will continue to lead the industrial nations in child poverty. Comparisons with Europe, where free education and health care for 3-6-year-olds is provided, put the US to shame. The essays are concise and clear, with a few geared toward professionals only. Useful as a reference source for all who are interested in child poverty in the US. Recommended. All levels/libraries."



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275989262
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Series: Praeger Perspectives Series
  • Edition description: 4 Volume Set
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 792
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 3.10 (d)

Meet the Author

BARBARA A. ARRIGHI is Associate Professor, Sociology, Northern Kentucky University.

DAVID J. MAUME is Professor, Sociology, University of Cincinnati and Director, Kunz Center for the Study of Work and Family, University of Cincinnati.

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Table of Contents

Volume I: Families and Children


1. The Effect of Childcare on Employment Tardiness and Absences for Mothers: Does Marital Status Matter?"


3. "Diversity in Living Arrangements and Childrens Economic Wellbeing in Single Mother Households"

4. Family Context, Income Adequacy & Child Care Needs: The Bottom Line for San Antonios Future

5. "Child Care and the Potential for Breaking Intergenerational Poverty"

6. Under a Watchful Eye: Parents and Children Living in Shelters

7. The Work of Coordinating Child Care for Low-Income Rural Mothers

8. "Conflicts Between Wage Work and Care Work: How Single-parent Families of Children with Disabilities Manage to Juggle Competing Demands"

9. Childrens Exposure to Neighborhood Poverty and Affluence in the United States, 1990 to 2000

10. "Children and the Changing Social Ecology of Economic Disadvantage in Urban America"

11. "Child Victimization as a Precursor to Violence among Adult Homeless Women"

Volume II: Health and Medical Care


1. Understanding Poverty, Race, and Infant Mortality

2. Child Hunger in the U.S.: An Overview

3. "Breathing Poorly: Childhood Asthma and Poverty"

4. Childhood Disability and Poverty: How Families Navigate Health Care and Coverage

5. "Children, Rural Poverty and Disability: Case Studies from the Heartland"

6. Factors Affecting Utilization of Mental Health Services by Low-Income Latino Children: A Model of Parental Help-Seeking Behavior"

7. Parental Perceptions of Preschoolers Emotional and Behavioral Problems: Implications for ServiceUtilization"

8. "Immigrant Status, Poverty, and Child Health"

9. Immigrant Children in Poverty

Volume III: The Promise of Education

Introduction "The Anti-poverty Effects of Education"

1. "What do Public Child Care Dollars Buy? It Depends.

2. Which Schools Have the Most Segregated Classrooms? A Look inside New York City

3. "Family Poverty, Classroom Instruction, and Mathematics Achievement in Kindergarten"

4. Are Children in Poverty Closing the Gap in Learning? Education Reform and Elementary School Performance in Kentucky"

5. The Accumulation of Disadvantage: The Role of Educational Testing in the School Career of Minority Children

6. "Family and Other Baseline Correlates of GED vs. Other Academic Attainment Statuses Among Adolescents"

7. Between the Lines, on the Stage, and in the Club: Additional Ways Students Find to Overcome Disadvantage through School"

8. To Work or Not to Work? The Role of Poverty, Race/Ethnicity, and Regional Location in Youth Employment"

9. Moral Capital: Single Motherhood, Educational Attainment, and Personal Responsibility

Volume IV: Children and the State


1. "(Re)Conceptualizing Adolescent Homelessness: Misdirection of the State and Child Welfare"

2. "Child Welfare and Welfare Reform: A Study of One Community"

3. " Navigating the Welfare Time Limit in California: How do Families Fare?

4. Women and Children in the Health Care Gap

5. Dispersing the Poor: New Directions in Public Housing Policy

6. Providing Educational Opportunities for Children Living in Poverty

7. How Education Policy Continues to Leave Poor Children Behind

8. The Education of Black Children Living in Poverty: A Systemic Analysis

9. "Resettling Refugee Children

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