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Ribar, David C. – Future of Children, 2015
Marriage between two parents, compared with other family living arrangements, appears, on average, to enhance children's wellbeing and development. Some of the positive association between marriage and children's wellbeing comes from positive associations between marriage and other things that also contribute to children's wellbeing. David Ribar…
Descriptors: Marriage, Well Being, Family Income, Parent Participation
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Leininger, Lindsey; Levy, Helen – Future of Children, 2015
It might seem strange to ask whether increasing access to medical care can improve children's health. Yet Lindsey Leininger and Helen Levy begin by pointing out that access to care plays a smaller role than we might think, and that many other factors, such as those discussed elsewhere in this issue, strongly influence children's health.…
Descriptors: Child Health, Access to Health Care, Public Policy, Supply and Demand
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Stabile, Mark; Allin, Sara – Future of Children, 2012
Childhood disabilities entail a range of immediate and long-term economic costs that have important implications for the well-being of the child, the family, and society but that are difficult to measure. In an extensive research review, Mark Stabile and Sara Allin examine evidence about three kinds of costs--direct, out-of-pocket costs incurred…
Descriptors: Working Hours, Physical Disabilities, Mental Health, Disabilities
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Szilagyi, Peter G. – Future of Children, 2012
Few people would disagree that children with disabilities need adequate health insurance. But what kind of health insurance coverage would be optimal for these children? Peter Szilagyi surveys the current state of insurance coverage for children with special health care needs and examines critical aspects of coverage with an eye to helping policy…
Descriptors: Health Needs, Health Insurance, Child Health, Access to Health Care
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Perrin, James M. – Future of Children, 2012
Much attention has aided measurement and improvement in the quality of health care during the past two decades, with new ways to define and measure quality, recognition that doing so can identify strategies to enhance care, and systematic efforts by both government and private insurers to apply these principles. In this article, James Perrin…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Quality of Life, Diseases, Health Insurance
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Perreira, Krista M.; Ornelas, India J. – Future of Children, 2011
Poor childhood health contributes to lower socioeconomic status in adulthood. Subsequently, low socioeconomic status among parents contributes to poor childhood health outcomes in the next generation. This cycle can be particularly pernicious for vulnerable and low-income minority populations, including many children of immigrants. And because of…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Status, Economically Disadvantaged, Physical Health, Health Insurance
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Schuster, Mark A.; Chung, Paul J.; Vestal, Katherine D. – Future of Children, 2011
All children, even the healthiest, have preventive and acute health care needs. Moreover, a growing number of children are chronically ill, with preventive, acute, and ongoing care needs that may be much more demanding than those for healthy children. Because children are unable to care for themselves, their parents are expected to provide a range…
Descriptors: Health Needs, Employer Attitudes, Health Insurance, Child Health
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Borjas, George J. – Future of Children, 2011
Researchers have long known that poverty in childhood is linked with a range of negative adult socioeconomic outcomes, from lower educational achievement and behavioral problems to lower earnings in the labor market. But few researchers have explored whether exposure to a disadvantaged background affects immigrant children and native children…
Descriptors: Poverty, Children, Young Adults, Immigrants
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Weil, Alan – Future of Children, 2007
Noting that the failures of the U.S. health care system are compounding the problems faced by low-income Americans, Alan Weil argues that any strategy to reduce poverty must provide access to health care for all low-income families. Although nearly all children in families with incomes under 200 percent of poverty are eligible for either Medicaid…
Descriptors: Poverty, Low Income, Tax Credits, Dependents
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Caprio, Sonia – Future of Children, 2006
With American children on course to grow into the most obese generation of adults in history, Sonia Caprio argues that it is critical to develop more effective strategies for preventing childhood obesity and treating serious obesity-related health complications. She notes that although pediatricians are concerned about the obesity problem, most…
Descriptors: Medical Education, Graduate Medical Education, Obesity, Intervention
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Kumanyika, Shiriki; Grier, Sonya – Future of Children, 2006
Although rates of childhood obesity among the general population are alarmingly high, they are higher still in ethnic minority and low-income communities. The disparities pose a major challenge for policymakers and practitioners planning strategies for obesity prevention. In this article Shiriki Kumanyika and Sonya Grier summarize differences in…
Descriptors: Neighborhoods, Television Viewing, Obesity, Physical Activities
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Meezan, William; Rauch, Jonathan – Future of Children, 2005
Same-sex marriage, barely on the political radar a decade ago, is a reality in America. How will it affect the well-being of children? Some observers worry that legalizing same-sex marriage would send the message that same-sex parenting and opposite-sex parenting are interchangeable, when in fact they may lead to different outcomes for children.…
Descriptors: Health Insurance, Child Rearing, Marriage, Homosexuality
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Hernandez, Donald J. – Future of Children, 2004
Several major demographic shifts over the past half-century have transformed who we are and how we live in this country in many ways. Most striking, however, is the fact that children today are much more likely to be members of ethnic or racial minority groups. Racial/ethnic minorities are destined, in aggregate, to become the numerical majority…
Descriptors: Racial Differences, Socioeconomic Influences, Ethnicity, Poverty
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Fuligni, Andrew J.; Hardway, Christina – Future of Children, 2004
Whether adolescents from immigrant and ethnic minority families will make a successful transition to adulthood hinges on their educational achievement, their acquisition of employable skills and abilities, and their physical and mental health. This article focuses on the extent to which diverse adolescents are prepared for adulthood according to…
Descriptors: Physical Health, Health Insurance, Adolescents, Immigrants
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Behrman, Richard E., Ed. – Future of Children, 2003
This issue of "The Future of Children" focuses on efforts to provide publicly funded health insurance to low-income children in the United States through Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The articles summarize current knowledge and research about which children are uninsured and why, discuss ways to…
Descriptors: Access to Health Care, Adolescents, Child Health, Childhood Needs
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