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Hummer, Robert A.; Hamilton, Erin R. – Future of Children, 2010
Robert Hummer and Erin Hamilton note that the prevalence of fragile families varies substantially by race and ethnicity. African Americans and Hispanics have the highest prevalence; Asian Americans, the lowest; and whites fall somewhere in the middle. The share of unmarried births is lower among most foreign-born mothers than among their U.S.-born…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, African Americans, Racial Differences, At Risk Persons
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Wildeman, Christopher; Western, Bruce – Future of Children, 2010
Since the mid-1970s the U.S. imprisonment rate has increased roughly fivefold. As Christopher Wildeman and Bruce Western explain, the effects of this sea change in the imprisonment rate--commonly called mass imprisonment or the prison boom--have been concentrated among those most likely to form fragile families: poor and minority men with little…
Descriptors: Crime, Safety, Correctional Institutions, Economically Disadvantaged
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Goldrick-Rab, Sara; Sorensen, Kia – Future of Children, 2010
Noting that access to higher education has expanded dramatically in the past several decades, Sara Goldrick-Rab and Kia Sorensen focus on how unmarried parents fare once they enter college. Contrary to the expectation that access to college consistently promotes family stability and economic security, the authors argue that deficiencies in current…
Descriptors: Counseling Services, Community Colleges, State Aid, College Attendance
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Stern, David – Future of Children, 2009
David Stern argues that some basic features of the American high school must be modified if it is to serve all students successfully. He notes, for example, that only three-quarters of U.S. high school students graduate four years after beginning ninth grade and that the National Assessment of Educational Progress found no improvement in reading…
Descriptors: High Schools, Academic Achievement, National Competency Tests, Adolescents
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Story, Mary; Kaphingst, Karen M.; French, Simone – Future of Children, 2006
Mary Story, Karen Kaphingst, and Simone French argue that researchers and policymakers focused on childhood obesity have paid insufficient attention to child care. Although child care settings can be a major force in shaping children's dietary intake, physical activity, and energy balance--and thus in combating the childhood obesity…
Descriptors: Obesity, Physical Activities, Preschool Education, Prevention
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Future of Children, 2004
To provide an array of perspectives on the future direction of foster care, five experts across various disciplines and backgrounds were asked to respond to this question: "How can the child welfare system be improved to better support families and promote the healthy development of children in foster care?" This article presents their responses…
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Foster Care, Adoption, Family Relationship
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Future of Children, 2004
To provide an array of perspectives about policies needed to serve the growing number of children of immigrant families in the U.S., experts across various organizations and backgrounds were asked to respond to this question: "How should policymakers, advocates, stakeholders, and practitioners respond strategically and proactively to demographic…
Descriptors: Child Health, Immigrants, Helping Relationship, Productivity
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Chen, Milton; Healy, Jane M.; Resnick, Mitchel J.; Lipper, Laurie A.; Lazarus, Wendy; Dede, Chris J. – Future of Children, 2000
Five experts from various disciplines provide their perspectives on the role of computers in children's lives, discussing ways to ensure that computer technology is used equitably, effectively, and ethically to promote positive child development. Suggestions include training teachers, parents, and caregivers; developing new online content; viewing…
Descriptors: Child Development, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education
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Bearer, Cynthia F. – Future of Children, 1995
Presents the scientific basis for the impacts of the environment on children and describes the differences between adults and children in physical, biological, and social environments. The article highlights why children should not be treated as "little adults" in developing environmental policy. (GR)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Biology, Child Development, Child Health
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Future of Children, 1995
Examines what is known about immigrant children and families, and identifies relevant issues that warrant further research. Emerging themes include the need to address health care and education policies regarding immigrant children, the importance of understanding public concern over the costs of immigrants, and the value of looking at immigrant…
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Needs, Educational Policy
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Mendoza, Fernando S. – Future of Children, 1994
Examines the demography and the social and health status of Latino children, focusing on the implications for the formulation of public policy and the implementation of programs. Significant health issues by developmental stages are discussed, from infancy through adolescence, as well as issues surrounding access to medical care and health…
Descriptors: Child Development, Child Health, Demography, Economically Disadvantaged
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Blair, Jill F.; Hein, Karen K. – Future of Children, 1994
Reviews the special risks of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome epidemic to adolescents, the role of youth in the spread of this disease, and the importance of effective school-based educational intervention programs. Discussions of various prevention strategies, including condom availability in schools are…
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Adolescents, At Risk Persons, Condoms
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Hughes, Dana; Simpson, Lisa – Future of Children, 1995
Examines the relationship between social factors and low birth weight and the ways in which disparities in socioeconomic status have been addressed over time, and assesses the effectiveness of efforts to reduce low birth weight occurrences. The authors discuss the steps required to reduce persistent disparities in low birth weight. (GR)
Descriptors: Birth Weight, Economic Impact, Ethnicity, Federal Programs
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Chomitz, Virginia Rall; And Others – Future of Children, 1995
Discusses the relationship between lifestyle choices and low birth weights and the opportunity that pregnancy offers women for adopting more healthful lifestyle behaviors. It reviews the literature that focuses on the roles of drug use, nutrition, stress, physical activity, employment, social support, violence, and sexually transmitted diseases in…
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Behavior Disorders, Birth Weight, Body Weight
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Lewit, Eugene M. – Future of Children, 1993
Examines the incidence of child poverty in the United States, criticisms of official poverty thresholds, and the influence of family structure and race on child poverty. Recent data show that 60% of poor children lived in families headed by single females and that the majority of African-American children will experience poverty at some point in…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Census Figures, Children, Economic Factors
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