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.

Future Directions

Future directions

I nodded off a couple of times, but when my chin fell onto my chest, I was jerked awake. A woman whose baby was coughing something awful—Mama said it was the croup—asked the receptionist how much longer before she got to see someone, she need to get her baby back to bed.

The receptionist smartly flipped a page of the magazine she was reading and said, “Look, I've told you twice, they'll get to you when they can. If you didn't have time to wait, you shouldn't have come today.”

The woman, sounding as if she'd just been slapped so hard she could barely speak, murmured, “I'm sorry. Thank you ma'am.” Then she sat down, clutched the baby to her chest, and rocked.

I squirmed ...

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