ERIC Number: ED210109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Services for Children: An Agenda for Research.
National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Assembly of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Focusing on the range of child welfare, health, juvenile justice, child development, recreation, and family support services currently provided to children in the United States, this report of the Committee on Child Development Research and Public Policy assesses and provides recommendations concerning research on children's services and service provision. The first section of the report provides a historical review of the development of and research on children's services. The second section presents three examples of how enlarging the frame of reference for studying children's services brings into question and shifts the terms of policy debate. Examples discussed are child care, services for youth (adolescent) development, and the costs and benefits of financing children's services. In the committee's view, the dozens of specialized perspectives now employed by researchers and service providers constitute an insufficient basis for the formation of a social policy. It is recommended that research on children's services, as well as the services themselves, adopt a holistic conceptualization of the child and investigate how children actually live and manage their lives. It is further recommended that present research and service provision be continued, but be redesigned, redirected, and reformed to provide greater affordable benefits to children. Innovations in the existing array of children's services are suggested. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Child Welfare, Children, Cost Effectiveness, Day Care, Financial Support, History, Public Policy, Research Committees, Research Needs, Social Services
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Assembly of Behavioral and Social Sciences.