Escape from Poverty: What Makes a Difference for Children?

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 28, 1997 - Political Science - 325 pages
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The poverty rate for children in the United States exceeds that of all other Western, industrialized nations except Australia. Moreover, poverty among children has increased substantially since 1970, affecting more than one-fifth of U.S. children. These persistently high rates require new ideas in both research and public policy. Escape from Poverty presents such ideas. Contributors address four modes of possible change: mothers' employment, child care, father involvement, and access to health care. It examines the implications of these new policy-driven changes for children.
 

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Contents

Whose responsibility? An historical analysis of the changing roles of mothers fathers and society
11
The life circumstances and development of children in welfare families A profile based on national survey data
38
Welfaretowork through the eyes of children Julie Boatright Wilson David T Ellwood and Jeanne BrooksGunn
63
Strategies for altering the outcomes of poor children and their families
87
Policy issues of child care
121
Child care and children of color
138
Health policy in the Family Support Act of 1988
159
Economic issues of health care
170
Dealing with dads The changing roles of fathers
189
The effects of child support reform on child wellbeing
211
Losing ground or moving ahead? Welfare reform and children
241
National surveys as data resources for public policy research on poor children
272
An interdisciplinary model and data requirements for studying poor chil Frank F Furstenberg Jrdren
291
Twogeneration programs A new intervention strategy and directions for future research
299
Index
315
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