Does It Take a Village? focuses on the mechanisms that link community characteristics to the functioning of the families and individuals within them--community norms, economic opportunities, reference groups for assessing relative deprivation, and social support networks. Contributors underscore those features of communities that represent risk factors for children, adolescents, and their families, as well as those characteristics that underlie resilience and thus undergird individual and family functioning.
As a society we have heavy investments both in research and in programs based on the idea that communities affect families and children, yet important questions have arisen about the validity of the link between communities, children, and families. This book answers the question of whether--and how--it takes a village to raise a child and what we can do to help communities achieve this essential task more effectively.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
part I|2 pages
How do Communities Undergird or Undermine Human Development? What are the Relevant Contexts and What Mechanisms are at Work?
part II|2 pages
How do Neighborhoods Enhance or Interfere with Families’ Abilities to Raise Children?
part III|2 pages
How do Neighborhoods Affect the Development of Adolescent Problem Behavior?
part IV|2 pages
What Policies can Strengthen Neighborhoods as Contexts for Child and Adolescent Well-being?