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Rosenbaum, Sara; Blum, Robert – Future of Children, 2015
The past century has seen vast improvements in our children's health. The infectious diseases that once killed huge numbers of children have largely been conquered. Infant mortality has also fallen markedly, although the United States lags behind other industrialized nations in this and other measures of children's health. Accidents and injuries…
Descriptors: Child Health, Communicable Diseases, Infant Mortality, Accidents
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Landale, Nancy S.; Thomas, Kevin J. A.; Van Hook, Jennifer – Future of Children, 2011
Children of immigrants are a rapidly growing part of the U.S. child population. Their health, development, educational attainment, and social and economic integration into the nation's life will play a defining role in the nation's future. Nancy Landale, Kevin Thomas, and Jennifer Van Hook explore the challenges facing immigrant families as they…
Descriptors: Human Capital, Poverty, Immigration, Asian Americans
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Reichman, Nancy E. – Future of Children, 2005
In the United States black women have for decades been twice as likely as white women to give birth to babies of low birth weight who are at elevated risk for developmental disabilities. Does the black-white disparity in low birth weight contribute to the racial disparity in readiness? The author summarizes the cognitive and behavioral problems…
Descriptors: Prenatal Care, Medical Services, Body Weight, School Readiness
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Brooks-Gunn, Jeanne; Markman, Lisa B. – Future of Children, 2005
The authors describe various parenting behaviors, such as nurturance, discipline, teaching, and language use, and explain how researchers measure them. They note racial and ethnic variations in several behaviors. Most striking are differences in language use. Black and Hispanic mothers talk less with their young children than do white mothers and…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, School Readiness, Discipline, Mothers
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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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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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Lewit, Eugene M. – Future of Children, 1993
Reviews the child poverty rate in the United States over the last several decades and examines the impact of economic and demographic trends and changes in government programs on the poverty status of children. (MDM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Business Cycles, Census Figures, Children