- Social and emotional adjustment and family relations in ethnic minority families
Author: Taylor, R. D., & Wang, M. C. (Eds.)
Publisher: Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum
ABSTRACT: (from the cover) A major premise of this book is that understanding the determinants of ethnic minority adolescents' social behavior requires knowledge of the multiple contexts in which they live and develop. The focus is on building the resilience of families facing economic and social disadvantage. This book has 2 major goals: to advance the research base on the social and emotional functioning of ethnic minority adolescents and their families across a number of critical contexts (neighborhood, family environment, peers, school), and to demonstrate how knowledge of family and adolescent functioning can inform areas of practice and policy.
- Resilience across contexts: Family, work, culture, and community
Type of Site: organization
Contact: 650 J Street, Suite 205, Lincoln, NE 68508 voice: (800) 735-0329 — fax (402) 477-8317 Central Time Zone — Office hours 8:00am to 4:00pm weekdays
(from the preface) The chapters included in this volume are written by leading scholars in varied disciplines, including economics, developmental and educational psychology, education, and sociology. Their research focuses on emerging issues that have significant implications for policy and practice in such areas as employment and new technologies; maternal employment and family development; family structure and family life; immigration, migration, acculturation, and education of children and youth; and social and human services delivery. The overall goal of this publication is to take stock of what is known from research and practice to improve our capacity for improvement of practices and policies that promote resilience development in children and families faced with some of the most challenging life circumstances.
- Stepfamily Association of America
Type of Site: organization
Contact: 650 J Street, Suite 205, Lincoln, NE 68508 voice: (800) 735-0329 - fax (402) 477-8317 Central Time Zone - Office hours 8:00am to 4:00pm weekdays
The Stepfamily Association of America (SAA) is a national organization dedicated to providing support and guidance to families with children from previous relationships ... stepfamilies. SAA provides information, education, support, and advocacy for stepfamilies and those who work with them. The organization's goals are to (1) Develop and disseminate research-based information and materials; (2) Design, implement, and evaluate opportunities for support and education; (3)Evaluate and recommend programs, materials, and standards of practice; and (4) Advocate for financial, institutional, political and social changes that support stepfamilies.
- Raising Caring and Responsible Teenagers
Organization: Search Institute
Type of Site: organization
Contact: The Banks Building, 615 First Avenue NE, Suite 125 ,Minneapolis, MN 55413 612-376-8955 or 800-888-7828
Search Institute is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization whose mission is to advance the well-being of adolescents and children by generating knowledge and promoting its application. To accomplish this mission, the institute generates, synthesizes, and communicates new knowledge, convenes organizational and community leaders, and works with state and national organizations. At the heart of the institute¡¦s work is the framework of 40 developmental assets , which are positive experiences, relationships, opportunities, and personal qualities that young people need to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. Created in 1990, the framework is grounded in research on child and adolescent development, risk prevention, and resiliency. Surveys of more than 1 million 6th - 12th-grade youth in communities across the United States consistently show that young people who experience more of these assets are more likely to make healthy choices and avoid a wide range of high-risk behaviors. The relative absence of these assets in the lives of young people in every community studied has prompted hundreds of communities to mobilize on behalf of young people.
- Fragile families and child well-being: A survey of new parents
Author: Garfinkel, I., & McLanahan, S.
Journal: Focus Volume: 21
Page: pp. 9-11
ABSTRACT: This article outlines the objectives, design, and preliminary findings of the Fragile Families Study (FFS), which was created to study the scientific basis for new welfare and child support policies which increase parental responsibility for raising children outside of marriage. The FFS will sample 4,700 new marital and nonmarital births in 20 U.S. cities, interviewing mothers and fathers in the hospital shortly after the birth of their child. The results discussed here are based on data from Austin, Texas, and Oakland, California. The first set of questions focuses on the father's capabilities for supporting a family and their propensity for violence. The authors found that the majority of fathers do not pose a threat to the mother or the child, and only a small percentage are drug users or are physically abusive. At the same time, most of the fathers are not in a good position to support their family, because of lack of education and low earnings and job instability. The second set of questions focuses on the nature of the relationships between parents in fragile families. The findings show that at the time of the child birth, the majority of the unwed fathers are attached to their families and the mothers are supportive of their involvement. The third question concerns the ways in which the labor market, welfare, and child support enforcement affect parents relationships. There are not yet any concrete findings at this point, but the study will examine the ways in which these factors interact and their effects on fragile families. The fourth question focuses on the effects of policies and family relationships on the well-being of children. The authors find that the majority of mothers and babies born in Oakland and Austin are healthy, but an alarming number of mothers do not receive prenatal care and engage in risky health behaviors during pregnancy. All of these findings should help policymakers encourage existing positive and healthy behaviors among fragile families while providing insights into where common problems arise.
- Changes in adolescents' daily interactions with their families from ages 10 to 18: Disengagement and transformation
Author: Larson, R. W., Richards, M. H., Moneta, G., Holmbeck, G. et al.
Journal: Developmental Psychology Volume: 32
ABSTRACT: In a cross-sequential study spanning 5th-12th grade, 220 White working — and middle-class youth provided reports on their experience at 16,477 random moments in their lives. Amount of time spent with family was found to decrease from 35% to 14% of waking hours across this age period, indicating disengagement. However, transformation and continued connection were evident in stability across age in time talking and alone with parents; an age increase in family conversation about interpersonal issues, particularly for girls; and with age, adolescents' more frequent perception of themselves as leading interactions. After a decrease in early adolescence, older teens reported more favorable affect in themselves and others during family interactions. Last, the age decline in family time was found to be mediated not by internal family conflict but by opportunities and pulls an adolescent experiences from outside the family.