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ERIC Number: ED406638
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug-12
Pages: 18
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Children and Families "At Promise": A Laudable but Potentially Dangerous Construct.
Davis, William E.
Criticism of the construct "children and families at risk" has grown substantially in recent psychology and education literature. The practical and the semantic issues surrounding this criticism are explored in this paper. Four major objectives are presented here: (1) to provide psychologists with an increased level of awareness relative to the contemporary discourse involving the "at risk" and the "at promise" construct debate; (2) to provide psychologists with an increased level of awareness relative to the current discourse involving the "at risk" paradigm and the resiliency paradigm approaches for identifying and serving children and families who are viewed as having serious and/or multiple needs; (3) to identify specific situations in which the "at promise" construct has the potential for producing negative outcomes for many of the most vulnerable children and families; and (4) to present and discuss an alternative model which accommodates the positive aspects of both the "at risk" and the "at promise" approaches, emphasizing the complementary, rather than the oppositional qualities of these two constructs. (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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