Handbook of Families and Poverty
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Handbook of Families and Poverty



© 2008 | 512 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
"Edited by two well-known family researchers at Brigham Young University, this meticulously researched compendium is a trove of useful information on areas where poverty and family issues intersect. This volume should be the first stop for anyone beginning research on poverty and families."
—CHOICE


The Handbook of Families and Poverty covers hotly debated issues associated with public policy and funded research as they relate to families and poverty. Contributors, bringing multiple perspectives to bear, aim to show alternatives to welfare in subgroups facing specific challenges that are currently not adequately addressed by the welfare system.  Readers will appreciate the insightful summaries of research involving poverty and its relationship to couple, marital, and family dynamics.

Key Features:

  • Provides a comprehensive view of the issues surrounding families and poverty so that readers may benefit from the findings and insights of their peers in other relevant fields, with the hope that better understanding will bring better solutions.
  • Includes several chapters on application/intervention and theoretical issues
  • Contains writings by contributing authors who are respected experts from a broad range of disciplines and perspectives, including business; child development; family studies; psychology; public policy; social work; and sociology.
Preface
Introduction
Section 1: What Welfare Can and Cannot Do
Gary Bryner and Ryan Martin
1. Innovation in Social Policy: Evaluating State Efforts to Reform Welfare, Promote Work, and Help Low-Income Families
Lawrence M. Mead
2. Social Policy and Marriage
Anjali Gupta, Jessica W. Thornton and Aletha C. Huston
3. Working Families Should Not Be Poor – The New Hope Program
Kevin D. Blair and David Taylor
4. Who will Care when Parents Can’t?: An Overview of Trends in Kinship Care
Section 2: Poverty among Diverse Populations and Settings
Rand Conger and Katherine Jewsbury Conger
5. Understanding the Processes through which Economic Hardship Influences Rural Families and Children
Anna D. Johnson, Kate Tarrant and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn
6. Early Childhood Education and Care: An Opportunity to Enhance the Lives of Poor Children
W. Sean Newsome, Kevin R. Bush , Charles B. Hennon, Gary W. Peterson and Stephan M. Wilson
7. Appalachian families and poverty: Historical issues and contemporary economic trends
Daniel T. Lichter, Zhenchao Qian and Martha L. Crowley
8. Poverty and Economic Polarization among Children in Racial Minority and Immigrant Families
Angela Abela and Charles Tabone
9. Processes of Poverty and Social Exclusion in Poor Families
Scott L. Coltrane, Ross D. Parke, Thomas J. Schofield, Shigueru J. Tsuha, Michael Chavez and Shoon Lio
10. Mexican American Families and Poverty
Lynn Clark Callister and Ana Birkhead
11. Mexican Immigrant Childbearing Women: Social Support and Perinatal Outcomes
Erin Feinauer Whiting and Carol J. Ward
12. Food Insecurity and Provisioning: Chronic Challenges Faced by Families Living in Poverty On the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation
Martha N. Ozawa and Hong-Sik Yoon
13. How Economically Disadvantaged are American Elderly Women? Gender Differences in Economic Well-Being in Old Age
Eric D. Johnson
14. The Effect of Socioeconomic Status on the Community Functioning of People with Serious Mental Illness and Their Families
Harvey Hillin
15. Addiction and Medicaid: A Prairie Sighting of Califano’s “Elephant in the Living Room of American Society” and State Budgets
Stephen J. Bahr
16. Incarceration, Poverty, and Families
W. Jean Yeung and Rebecca K. Glauber
17. Children’s Time Use and Parental Involvement in Low-Income Families
R. Gabriela Barajas, Nina Philipsen, and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn
18. Cognitive and Emotional Outcomes for Children in Poverty
Michael Murray and David F. Marks
19. Challenging Social Inequalities in Health
Sections 3: Intervention and Education for Working with Poor Families
Douglas J. Besharov and Caeli A. Higney
20. Giving Head Start a Fresh Start
Lynda Clarke
21. Grandparents: A Family Resource?
Melvin N. Wilson
22. Poor Fathers Involvement in the Lives of Their Children
Ronald J. Angel, Jacqueline L. Angel, and Laura Lein
23. The Health Care Safety Net for Mexican American Families
M. Robin Dion and Alan J. Hawkins
24. Federal Policy Efforts to Improve Outcomes Among Disadvantaged Families by Supporting Marriage and Family Stability
Warner P. Woodworth
25. Microenterprise: Building Well-being Among Poor U.S. Families
Matthew Sanders and William Bor
26. Working with families in poverty: Towards a multilevel population-based approach
Robert E. Rector, Kirk A. Johnson, and Patrick F. Fagan
27. Increasing Marriage Would Dramatically Reduce Child Poverty
Erin Feinauer Whiting, Carol J. Ward
Chapter 12: Food Insecurity and Provisioning: Chronic Challenges Faced by Families Living in Poverty On the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation
Hong-Sik Yoon, Martha N. Ozawa
Chapter 13: How Economically Disadvantaged are American Elderly Women? Gender Differences in Economic Well-Being in Old Age
Gary C Bryner, Ryan T. Martin
Chapter 01: Innovation in Social Policy: Evaluating State Efforts to Reform Welfare, Promote Work, and Help Low-Income Families
Lawrence M. Mead
Chapter 02: Social Policy and Marriage
Anjali E. Gupta, Jessica W. Thornton-Walker, Aletha C. Huston
Chapter 03: Working Families Should Not Be Poor - The New Hope Program
Kevin D. Blair, David B. Taylor
Chapter 04: Who will Care when Parents Can’t?: An Overview of Trends in Kinship Care With a Focus on the Child-Only Provisions of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program
Rand Conger, Katherine Jewsbury Conger
Chapter 05: Understanding the Processes through which Economic Hardship Influences Rural Families and Children
Anna D. Johnson, Kate Tarrant, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn
Chapter 06: Early Childhood Education and Care: An Opportunity to Enhance the Lives of Poor Children
Sean Newsome, Kevin R. Bush, Charles B. Hennon, Gary Peterson, Stephan M. Wilson
Chapter 07: Appalachian Families and Poverty: Historical Issues and Contemporary Economic Trends
Lynn Clark Callister, Ana Birkhead
Chapter 11: Mexican Immigrant Childbearing Women: Social Support and Perinatal Outcomes
Ronald J. Angel, Jacqueline L. Angel, Laura Lein
Chapter 23: The Health Care Safety Net for Mexican American Families
Eric D. Johnson
Chapter 14: The Effect of Socioeconomic Status on the Community Functioning of People with Serious Mental Illness and Their Families
Harvey H. Hillin
Chapter 15: Addiction and Medicaid: A Prairie Sighting of Califano’s “Elephant in the Living Room of American Society” and State Budgets
Stephen J. Bahr
Chapter 16: Incarceration, Poverty, and Families
Wei-Jun Jean Yeung, Rebecca Glauber
Chapter 17: Children’s Time Use and Parental Involvement in Low-Income Families
R. Gabriela Barajas, Nina Mareike Philipsen, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn
Chapter 18: Cognitive and Emotional Outcomes for Children in Poverty
Michael Murray, David F. Marks
Chapter 19: Challenging Social Inequalities in Health
Douglas J. Besharov, Caeli A. Higney
Chapter 20: Giving Head Start a Fresh Start
Lynda Clarke
Chapter 21: Grandparents: A Family Resource?
Melvin N. Wilson
Chapter 22: Poor Fathers Involvement in the Lives of Their Children
M. Robin Dion
Chapter 24: Federal Policy Efforts to Improve Outcomes Among Disadvantaged Families by
Supporting Marriage and Family Stability
Warner P. Woodworth
Chapter 25: Microenterprise: Building Well-being Among Poor U.S. Families
Matthew R Sanders, William Bor
Chapter 26: Working with Families in Poverty: Towards a Multilevel Population-Based Approach
Robert E. Rector, Kirk A. Johnson, Patrick F. Fagan
Chapter 27: Increasing Marriage Would Dramatically Reduce Child Poverty
Daniel T. Lichter, Zhenchao Qian, Martha L. Crowley
Chapter 08: Poverty and Economic Polarization among Children in Racial Minority and Immigrant Families
Angela Abela, Carmel Tabone
Chapter 09: Processes of Poverty and Social Exclusion in Poor Families
Scott L. Coltrane, Ross D. Parke, Thomas Schofield, Shigeru Tusha, Michael Chavez, Shoon Liu
Chapter 10: Mexican American Families and Poverty

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 8

Chapter 18

Chapter 19


"Edited by two well-known family researchers at Brigham Young University, this meticulously researched compendium is a trove of useful information on areas where poverty and family issues intersect.  This volume should be the first stop for anyone beginning research on poverty and families."

D.J. Conger
Ithaca College
CHOICE - May 2008 Vol.45 No.09

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