The Vulnerable Child

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1997-03-24
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press

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This revealing investigation shows the devastating impact of contemporary cultural trends on children. "Important. . . .Valuable. . . . Weissbourd forcefully contests our disturbing inclination to localize the problems of children among the poor, notably African-Americans and inner-city residents. . . . (He) displays a rare sensitivity to the innumerable large and small problems that may set a child's downward spiral in motion".--"The New Republic".

Author Biography

Richard Weissbourd teaches at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and at its Graduate School of Education. He has been an advisor on family policy at the city, state, and federal level, and his writing has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The New Republic, and The American Prospect. He lives with his wife and three children in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

A Note on Methodologyp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
p. 1
What Ever Happened to Huckleberry Finn?p. 3
The Real Roots of Success and Failurep. 31
Families Untied?p. 47
Looking Inside Familiesp. 71
The Roots of Gangs and Cliquesp. 81
Communities: More Than Kind and Less Than Kinp. 97
The Troubles of Ghetto Childrenp. 111
Why Our Efforts to Help Children Failp. 125
p. 145
Healthy Startsp. 147
Schools That Workp. 169
Even If the Boat Goes Down: Child Protective Servicesp. 187
The Policep. 201
Beyond the Edifice Complex: What Cities Can Dop. 223
Notesp. 239
Bibliographyp. 263
Permission Acknowledgmentsp. 265
Indexp. 267
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