Neighborhood Poverty, Volume 1: Context and Consequences for Children Jeanne Brooks-Gunn

ISBN: 9781610440844

Published: November 6th 1997

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356 pages


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Neighborhood Poverty, Volume 1: Context and Consequences for Children  by  Jeanne Brooks-Gunn

Neighborhood Poverty, Volume 1: Context and Consequences for Children by Jeanne Brooks-Gunn
November 6th 1997 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 356 pages | ISBN: 9781610440844 | 8.25 Mb

Perhaps the most alarming phenomenon in American cities has been the transformation of many neighborhoods into isolated ghettos where poverty is the norm and violent crime, drug use, out-of-wedlock births, and soaring school dropout rates areMorePerhaps the most alarming phenomenon in American cities has been the transformation of many neighborhoods into isolated ghettos where poverty is the norm and violent crime, drug use, out-of-wedlock births, and soaring school dropout rates are rampant.

Public concern over these destitute areas has focused on their most vulnerable inhabitants--children and adolescents. How profoundly does neighborhood poverty endanger their well-being and development? Is the influence of neighborhood more powerful than that of the family? Neighborhood Poverty: Context and Consequences for Children approaches these questions with an insightful and wide-ranging investigation into the effect of community poverty on childrens physical health, cognitive and verbal abilities, educational attainment, and social adjustment.This two-volume set offers the most current research and analysis from experts in the fields of child development, social psychology, sociology and economics.

Drawing from national and city-based sources, Volume I reports the empirical evidence concerning the relationship between children and community. As the essays demonstrate, poverty entails a host of problems that affects the quality of educational, recreational, and child care services. Poor neighborhoods usually share other negative features--particularly racial segregation and a preponderance of single mother families--that may adversely affect children.

Yet children are not equally susceptible to the pitfalls of deprived communities. Neighborhood has different effects depending on a childs age, race, and gender, while parenting techniques and a familys degree of community involvement also serve as mitigating factors.Volume II incorporates empirical data on neighborhood poverty into discussions of policy and program development. The contributors point to promising community initiatives and suggest methods to strengthen neighborhood-based service programs for children. Several essays analyze the conceptual and methodological issues surrounding the measurement of neighborhood characteristics.

These essays focus on the need to expand scientific insight into urban poverty by drawing on broader pools of ethnographic, epidemiological, and quantitative data. Volume II explores the possibilities for a richer and more well-rounded understanding of neighborhood and poverty issues.To grasp the human cost of poverty, we must clearly understand how living in distressed neighborhoods impairs childrens ability to function at every level. Neighborhood Poverty explores the multiple and complex paths between community, family, and childhood development.

These two volumes provide and indispensible guide for social policy and demonstrate the power of interdisciplinary social science to probe complex social issues.



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