This book presents a comprehensive description of child, family, and community-level forces that modify the outcomes of youngsters experiencing conditions of poverty. Integrating a vast and complex array of research findings, the author elucidates salient underlying mechanisms via which poverty-related factors can affect poor children’s social and emotional development. In cohesive closing discussions, findings regarding major risk and protective forces are synthesized while delineating major directions for future work in research and theory development, teaching, and interventions and social policy. This timely and thorough volume is essential reading for students, researchers, and educators, as well as clinicians and policymakers concerned with understanding and promoting the positive development of children contending with family poverty.



Some reservation families are so poor, living in isolated enclaves like Upper Cut Meat and He Dog, that on food-stamp day, they can obtain transportation to the nearest supermarket only by paying for it with some of the milk and bread that they intended to feed their children.

—Belluck, 1997, New York Times, September 9, p. A1.

Poor children are affected by an array of powerful risk and protective influences, many of which are unique to the life circumstance of socioeconomic deprivation. Increasing recognition of such influences has led to growing exhortations, in the social sciences, for their careful consideration in theory development, empirical research, interventions, and social policies. The goal within this volume is to review and synthesize what three decades of empirical research has ...

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