Family Diversity and Family Policy: Strengthening Families for America's Children / Edition 1by Richard M. Lerner, Elizabeth E. Sparks, Laurie D. McCubbin
Pub. Date: 12/07/2010
Publisher: Springer US
Family Diversity and Family Policy describes the dimensions of diversity which characterize the contemporary American family and discusses the implications for public policy and associated intervention programs linked to this diversity. The authors contend that if the programs and policies available to support families are to be most useful, they need to reflect
Family Diversity and Family Policy describes the dimensions of diversity which characterize the contemporary American family and discusses the implications for public policy and associated intervention programs linked to this diversity. The authors contend that if the programs and policies available to support families are to be most useful, they need to reflect the diversity of the families they intend to help.
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.
Table of Contents
Foreword; K. Bogenschneider. Foreword; H. Pipes McAdoo. Preface. 1. The Family: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. 2. Child Poverty within the Ecology of America's Families. 3. Developmental Contextualism and the Developmental Systems Perspective. 4. Engaging Public Policy: The Substantive Importance of Diversity. 5. The Parenting of Adolescents and Adolescents as Parents. 6. The Importance of Diversity in Welfare Reform. 7. Toward the Development of a National Youth Policy. 8. Implications for Policy Design, Delivery, and Evaluation. References. Name Index. Subject Index.
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