America's Family Support Programs

Perspectives and Prospects

Edited by Sharon Lynn Kagan, Douglas R. Powell, Bernice T. Weissbourd, and Edward F. Zigler

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August 25, 1993
417 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300057850
Paper

In this book a blue-ribbon group of practitioners, researchers, and policymakers provide an overview of the numerous programs that have emerged in the past decade in response to the changing needs of families. Addressing the historical and social context of current family support efforts, the range and variety of the programs, available research, and the challenges of funding, staffing, and managing them, it chronicles past problems and accomplishments and offers specific recommendations for the future.
 
"A timely and important book."—T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.
 
"This remarkable volume surveys a multitude of services available to support the increasingly beleaguered family; the focus is on local services, in the context of organizations and outside them. the book's emphasis on available services makes it a key resource for health professionals, but its aim is broader-to foster advocacy of change in organizational and governmental policies."—Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

"A timely and important book—a collection of the writings of experts who are working to record the state of the art—the mechanics and the implementation of support systems for families today. This wonderful volume will help all of us who are concerned with families to locate and implement support systems that can reduce and prevent family stresses and that help parents to learn coping mechanisms to face a more optimal future."—T. Berry Brazelton, m.d., Chief, Division of Child Development, The Children's Hospital
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

"This book makes a thoughtful and valuable contribution."—Wilbur J. Cohen, former secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare

"America's Family Support Programs is timely, informative, and exciting. Reflecting the recent rediscovery of the importance of the family and the interdependence of its members, a sophisticated group of practitioners, researchers, and policymakers brings us up-to-date on recent changes in family constellations and the diversity of lifestyles. A description of the history and variety of current family support programs, their promise for strengthening families, and the questions to be answered are presented with clarity and candor. The book packs a powerful punch in its scholarship and its relevance for current attitudes towards strengthening families." —Sally Provence, m.d., Professor Emerita of Pediatrics and Child Development 

"This remarkable volume surveys a multitude of services available to support the increasingly beleaguered family; the focus is on local services, in the context of organizations and outside them. the book's emphasis on available services makes it a key resource for health professionals, but its aim is broader-to foster advocacy of change in organizational and governmental policies."—Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

"The authors show how the family support movement has redefined social services, steering them towards allowing 'clients' greater participation in agency decisions, emphasizing prevention as a primary goal, and focusing attention on the 'ecology' of the family, the full range of social, educational, and familial interactions that shape patterns."—Equity and Choice

"A thorough examination of an area of concern throughout society—the family. Other publications. . . focus on aspects pertinent to the family, but this collection addresses a much broader spectrum of issues and subjects. . . The contributors are recognized experts. . . The collection brings together in a single source a substantial amount of information about programs, both governmental and nongovernmental. . . . A valuable, up-to-date addition to the literature."—Choice

"This book undoubtedly provides the best collection of program descriptions under this general rubric. Moreover, it offers several excellent articles on the problems and frustrations in attempting to evaluate the impact of these programs on the well-being of children and their families."—Sheila B. Kamerman, Readings

"A very valuable addition to our coda and should be read by anyone who is the least bit interested in the well-being of children."—Beverly I. Fagot, Contemporary Psychology
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