ERIC Number: ED413056
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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All Kids Are Our Kids: What Communities Must Do To Raise Caring and Responsible Children and Adolescents.
Benson, Peter L.
This book challenges American communities to reclaim their responsibility for raising healthy, successful, and caring children and adolescents. The book also offers a critique of American culture along with practical strategies for uniting and mobilizing communities around a shared vision of healthy development. The book argues that three interlocking strategies are important to this end: (1) meeting basic human needs in order to enhance our national capacity to ensure economic security, food, shelter, good and useful work, and safety for all residents; (2) targeting, reducing and eliminating the risks that diminish the healthy development of children and adolescents; and (3) developing language, vision and community. Chapter 1 of the book presents the vision and the challenges. Chapters 2 through 4 define the concept of developmental assets which consist of 40 building blocks of human development, each of which enhances the health and well-being of children and adolescents. Chapters 5 through 7 explore a vision of what an asset-building culture and an asset-building community look like. Chapters 8 through 11 provide strategies and techniques for growing healthy, asset-promoting communities. Three appendices provide selected references for the 40 developmental assets, findings from the 1990-1995 assets sample, and the progression of developmental assets from birth to age 18. (Author/SD)
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Child Behavior, Child Health, Child Rearing, Child Responsibility, Child Welfare, Childhood Attitudes, Childhood Needs, Community Action, Community Attitudes, Community Change, Community Influence, Community Involvement, Community Responsibility, Community Role, Community Support, Self Control, Social Behavior, Social Responsibility
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
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