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ERIC Number: ED229144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Childhood in America: A Contemporary Portrait.
Cohen, Stewart; McAllister, Joseph
Past and contemporary themes characterizing the structure and quality of children's lives are traced in this discussion. Specifically examined are various changes in family life patterns, new educational involvements in children's lives, and the emerging role of extra-familial and extra-educational sources of influence upon children's development. Changes in family life patterns discussed include the partial dissolution of the traditional family unit through separation, divorce, and desertion; the increasing rate of out-of-wedlock births; and the precipitous growth of full-time employment among mothers. Attention is given to problematic aspects of extra-familial, environmental influences on children's lives (such as the power of television and the ways schools support segregation of children from other children, adults, and work settings). Other problems discussed in the current political context of disregard for child welfare are those of poor and nonwhite groups, the learning disabled, and the handicapped. In conclusion, prospects for improving this unfortunate situation are pointed out, and questions concerning current trends and policy for the future are raised. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A