ERIC Number: ED199150
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Families, Social Services, and Social Policy: The Issue of Shared Responsibility.
Moroney, Robert M.
The document synthesizes literature published since 1970 on the family in its social service functions of child care, socialization, care of the elderly or ill, and economic maintenance. The focus is on policy formation in terms of the family's and state's role in providing for dependent children, the view that family and state should work together to assist dependents, and the needs of persons at each end of the life cycle. The book is presented in six chapters. Chapter I discusses research on the relationship between family and state in the provision of social care to dependent members. Chapter II covers approaches to defining families and the changing nature of the family over time. Chapter III describes needs and characteristics of two at-risk groups: the elderly and the severely retarded. Chapter IV discusses issues of social welfare such as financing and problems in organizing and delivering supportive systems. Chapter V deals with the professional response to families. The final chapter notes implications for policy and research in terms of arguments for and against intervention, the need for professional reorientation, and the resource requirements of supportive systems. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Children, Dependents, Disabilities, Family Role, Government Role, Older Adults, Policy Formation, Research Needs, Social Science Research, Social Services, Welfare Services
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402 ($4.75).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.