The Vulnerable Child: What Really Hurts America's Children And What We Can Do About It

Paperback | March 24, 1997

byRichard Weissbourd, Rick Weissbourd

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"The Vulnerable Child" takes us beyond the stereotypes to reveal the true nature of childhood disadvantages. Through interviews with hundreds of children and professionals across the country, Weissbourd concludes that some of the most serious threats to children - parental depression, a lack of meaningful opportunities, and social isolation - cut across class and race lines. While Weissbourd details the plight of many poor and African-American children, he also affirms their resiliency, describing the factors that enable children to bounce back from hardship and deprivation. Moreover, he provides concrete steps that parents, government officials, schools, health care institutions, police forces, and social workers need to take to make sure our children succeed.

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EThis revealing investigation shows the devastating impact of contemporary cultural trends on children. "Important. . . .Valuable. . . . Weissbourd forcefully contests our disturbing inclination to localize the problems of children among the poor, notably African-Americans and inner-city residents. . . . (He) displays a rare sensitivit...

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"The Vulnerable Child" takes us beyond the stereotypes to reveal the true nature of childhood disadvantages. Through interviews with hundreds of children and professionals across the country, Weissbourd concludes that some of the most serious threats to children - parental depression, a lack of meaningful opportunities, and social isol...

Richard Weissbourd teaches at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and at its Graduate School of Education. He has been an advisor on family policy at the city, state, and federal level, and his writing has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The New Republic, and The American Prospect. He lives with his w...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.82 inPublished:March 24, 1997Publisher:Da Capo Press

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EThis revealing investigation shows the devastating impact of contemporary cultural trends on children. "Important. . . .Valuable. . . . Weissbourd forcefully contests our disturbing inclination to localize the problems of children among the poor, notably African-Americans and inner-city residents. . . . (He) displays a rare sensitivity to the innumerable large and small problems that may set a child's downward spiral in motion".--"The New Republic"