ERIC Number: ED333061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Ill Fares the Land: The Consequences of Homelessness and Chronic Poverty for Children and Families in New York City.
Molnar, Janice; and Others
This report summarizes a study conducted by the New York Family Services Project (NYFSP) of Bank Street College. The study's principal objectives were the following: (1) to document the developmental status of preschool-aged homeless children in comparison to a group of poor housed children, and the special contribution of exposure to early childhood education within both groups; (2) to document the perceived service needs of both housed and homeless families, the availability and effectiveness of those services, and the factors that may confound service delivery; and (3) to determine the interrelationships among young children's developmental status, maternal depression, characteristics of family social networks, families' perceived service needs and access to services, and housing status. The sample for the study was comprised of 160 three- , four- , and five-year-old children and their families, roughly half of whom were recruited from New York City emergency shelter facilities and half of whom were situated in some kind of permanent housing but depended on public assistance. Findings indicated few differences between homeless families living in shelters and hotels and low-income families in terms of child and family outcomes. The report includes 15 tables and 9 figures, a list of 103 references, and six appendixes. (AF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc., Greensboro, NC.
Authoring Institution: Bank Street Coll. of Education, New York, NY.
Identifiers: New York (New York)