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Social Policy for Children and Families
A Risk and Resilience Perspective

Third Edition
Edited by:


© 2016 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Third Edition of Jenson and Fraser’s award-winning text offers new evidence that a public health framework based on ecological theory and principles of risk, protection, and resilience is essential for the successful design and implementation of social policy. Written in a conversational, reader-friendly style and incorporating cutting-edge research, this carefully crafted book maps a pathway for developing resilience-based social policies. In every chapter, experts in their respective fields apply the editors’ conceptual model across the substantive domains of child and family poverty, child welfare, education, mental health, health, developmental disabilities, substance use, and juvenile justice.  

 

Recipient of the Best Edited Book Award from the Society for Research on Adolescence in 2008, the book is an ideal core text for graduate and upper level undergraduate courses and a vital resource for elected officials, policy makers, and others interested in the evolution of policies aimed at preventing problem behaviors and supporting children and families.

Jeffrey M. Jenson and Mark W. Fraser
Chapter 1: A Risk and Resilience Framework for Child, Youth, and Family Policy
Coming of Age in America  
Policy and Program Responses to Childhood and Adolescent Problems  
Public Health Frameworks for Social Policy  
Resilience: When a Child Prevails Over Adversity  
Applying Principles of Risk and Resilience to Social Policy  
Ecological Theory and Life Course Development  
Trina R. Williams Shanks and Sandra K. Danziger
Chapter 2: Anti-Poverty Policies and Programs for Children and Families
Prevalence and Trends in Poverty  
Poverty, Risk, and Protection  
Interpersonal and Social Risk Factors  
Environmental Risks  
Anti-Poverty Policies and Programs  
Using Knowledge of Risk, Protection, and Resilience to Achieve Service Integration  
Peter J. Pecora and Markell Harrison-Jackson
Chapter 3: Child Welfare Policies and Programs
Purpose and Overview of Child Welfare Policy  
Mission and Goals of Child Welfare Services  
Theoretical Frameworks Underlying Child Welfare Policies and Programs  
Risk, Protection, and Resilience in Child Welfare  
Risk, Resilience, and Protection in Child Welfare Policy  
Key Child Welfare Policy and Legislation  
Using Knowledge of Risk, Protection, and Resilience to Achieve Service Integration  
Andy J. Frey, Myrna R. Mandlawitz, Armon R. Perry, and Hill M. Walker
Chapter 4: Education Policy for Children, Youth, and Families
Trends in School Failure and Academic Achievement  
Risk and Protective Factors for School Adjustment and Achievement Problems  
Education Policy: Past and Present  
Summary of Federal Policy  
Principles of Risk, Protection, and Resilience in Education Policy  
Using Principles of Risk, Protection, and Resilience to Achieve Integrated Education Policy  
Promotive Interventions and Strategies  
The Role of Targeted Interventions and Strategies  
Mary E. Fraser and Paul Lanier
Chapter 5: Child Mental Health Policy
Prevalence of Child Mental Health Disorders  
A Risk, Protection, and Resilience Perspective on Mental Health Disorders  
Risk Factors  
Protective Factors  
History of Child Mental Health Policy in the United States  
Systems of Care and Mental Health Policy  
The Fort Bragg Study  
Risk, Protection, and Resilience Framework and Mental Health Policy  
Program and Case Example  
Transformation of the Mental Health System  
Kathleen A. Rounds, William J. Hall, and Guadalupe V. Huitron
Chapter 6: Health Policy for Children and Youth
Purpose and Overview of Health Policies for Children and Youth  
Risk and Protective Factors for Health Problems in Childhood and Adolescence  
Access to Care as a Protective Factor  
Risk, Resilience, and Protection in Health Policy for Children and Youth  
The Degree to Which Policy Has Been Based on Risk and Protective Factors  
Using Knowledge of Risk, Protection, and Resilience to Achieve Service Integration in Health Policy  
Susan L. Parish, Alison W. Saville, and Jamie G. Swaine
Chapter 7: Policies and Programs for Children and Youth With Disabilities
Increasing Prevalence of Disability  
Three Theoretical Frameworks  
Risk and Protective Factors for Problems Experienced by Children With Disabilities  
Risk, Resilience, and Protection in Policies for Children With Disabilities  
Education and Early Intervention  
Title V of the Social Security Act: Maternal and Child Health  
Family Support  
Using Knowledge of Risk, Protection, and Resilience to Achieve Service Integration in Disabilities Policy  
Elizabeth K. Anthony, Jeffrey M. Jenson, and Matthew O. Howard
Chapter 8: Policies and Programs for Adolescent Substance Abuse
Trends in Adolescent Substance Use  
The Etiology of Adolescent Substance Abuse: Principles of Risk, Protection, and Resilience  
Risk, Protection, and Resilience in Substance Abuse Policy  
Using Knowledge of Risk, Protection, and Resilience to Achieve Service Integration  
William H. Barton
Chapter 9: Juvenile Justice Policies and Programs
Purpose and Overview of Juvenile Justice Policy  
Delinquency and Delinquents: Prevalence and Trends  
Risk, Protection, and Resilience in Juvenile Justice Policy  
Juvenile Justice System Involvement and Incarceration as Risk Factors  
Risk, Resilience, and Recent Reform Efforts  
Risk, Resilience, and Evidence-Based Programs  
Using Knowledge of Risk, Protection, and Resilience to Enhance Juvenile Justice Policy and Practices  
Juvenile Justice Interventions  
Jeffrey M. Jenson and Mark W. Fraser
Chapter 10: Toward the Integration of Child, Youth, and Family Policy
Policies and Programs Across Service Systems  

Supplements

Instructor Teaching Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • A Respondus electronic test bank is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch classroom interaction by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content. 
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.
  • Additional readings provide a jumping-off point for course assignments, papers, research, group work, and class discussion.
  • Web resources are included for further research and insights.
Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Interesting and relevant additional readings provide a jumping-off point for course assignments, papers, research, group work, and class discussion.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide your interpretation.
  • Web resources are included for further research and insights.

“In Social Policy for Children and Families, Jensen and Fraser bring together leading experts in the institutions and service systems responsible for children and families whose circumstances place them at risk for school failure, delinquency, mental health, substance abuse and other social problems. In each chapter, authors discuss current expressions of a problem, its etiology from both a risk and resilience perspective as well as the major legislation, social policies and programs designed to help our children succeed at school and in the community. Through the book’s organization, its use of a risk and resilience framework, the emphasis on evidence-based policy and service integration, Jensen and Fraser provide us with an up-to-date analysis of the challenges facing America’s children and families and our policy and service system response. This is a must-read for practitioners, policy-makers and researchers who seek a comprehensive, integrated understanding of our health, education and social service sectors as well as of promising practices designed to help our children succeed in school and community.”

Jeanne C. Marsh, The University of Chicago

“As it has been for a decade, this is the best book that is available for those who want to think beyond a single sector of services to consider how we can better serve the diverse needs of families needing resources and strategies from education, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, mental health, child welfare, health, and juvenile services.” 

Richard P. Barth, University of Maryland

“By focusing on resiliency throughout this valuable text, Jenson and Fraser provide the reader with a sensitive and respectful view of at-risk children and their families. This text will be a useful guide in the child and family services field and is a must-read for those who provide services to this vulnerable population.”

Jennifer Genovese, Syracuse University

Social Policy for Children and Families is an essential text for any course on social policy for at-risk children and youth. Students will be motivated to advocate for the needs of children and families after reading this book.”

Lisa Caya, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

“This text maintains a focus on children and families but does not limit the discussion to students of social work. The inclusion of literature on each topic is wonderfully extensive, and the text provides a great reference list on each topic.”

Angela Fontes, NORC at the University of Chicago

“The continuity of thoughts, consistent themes all throughout the text, and emphasizing risk and protective factors were a distinguishing feature of this text.”

Wendy Thompson, Andrews University

PRAISE FOR THE PREVIOUS EDITION

 

"What a book! A must-read for those who provide services to at-risk children and their families... The application of the public health framework to programs and policies adds value to the usual suspects of perspectives/frameworks drawn upon by the social work profession... The authors boldly call for the triangulation of relevant theories and models of risk and resilience, and make a major contribution to social work research by advocating for the translation of empirical evidence into practical application."

Paula Allen-Meares, University of Illinois at Chicago

love the risk and resilience focus and focus on children and families.

Dr Jill Kathleen Walls
Family and Consumer Sciences, Ball State University
March 14, 2016
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

 

  • In every chapter, contributing authors identify and critique new policy directives and identify implications of the recently-passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
  • Information on the prevalence of child and adolescent behavior in eight substantive policy domains is updated.
  • Important new evidence about risk and protective factors associated with child and adolescent problem behaviors across key policy areas is reviewed.
  • The book’s integrated framework that informs the design, implementation, and evaluation of polices derived from evidence of risk and resilience has been updated.

KEY FEATURES:

 

  • Each chapter is written by experts in their respective fields—such as health policy, child welfare policy, mental health policy, adolescent substance abuse, juvenile justice—to provide a holistic approach to social policy and service integration across different systems of care.
  • Case studies and discussion questions generate a framework for student thinking and knowledge development. 
  • Policy examples and web-based resources prompt critical thinking, advocacy, and future research.
  • Detailed explanations of recent policy developments are included for eight critical areas affecting children and families, such as education, health care, and poverty.
  • A consistent organizational format within each chapter applies the public health framework to each of the eight core substantive areas.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 9


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