Keeping Children From Harm's Way: How National Policy Affects Psychological Development

Pages: 234
Item #: 4317950
ISBN: 978-1-55798-443-2
List Price: $9.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $9.95
Copyright: 1997
Format: Softcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

Today, large numbers of America's children, adolescents, and families are at unprecedented risk of social problems. Among these are lack of health care, violence, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and homelessness. Yet the public's interest in preventive programs is at an all-time low. Drawing on their behind-the-scenes experience as Congressional Fellows, the authors of this book make a case for well-designed, economical prevention programs. In concise, readable language, they discuss

  • the 1990s era of social policy and its denial of families' needs today
  • genetic, pre- and perinatal, and environmental risk factors affecting children
  • model intervention programs, including the Preschool Mental Health Project
  • special issues for adolescents
  • how positive and negative outcomes are transmitted across generations

This book shows why we should care, and how we can make a difference. It will be of interest to policy makers, mental health practitioners involved in family issues, and to all who care about children's well-being.

Table of Contents


  1. Parenting: A Major Commitment
  2. Risk Factors in Infancy and Early Childhood
  3. Traumatic Experiences of Childhood
  4. Adolescent Risk Factors and Outcomes
  5. Intergenerational Transmission of Positive and Negative Outcomes
  6. Implications for Public Policy

Appendix: Children and the Lawmaking Process: Reflections on the Congressional Fellowship Program



About the Authors

Reviews & Awards
Rickel and Becker have written an outstanding work on the effects of national policy on the psychological growth of youth…Recommended.
—CHOICE, May 1998, Vol. 35, No. 9