ERIC Number: ED424015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
From Generation to Generation: The Health and Well-Being of Children in Immigrant Families.
Hernandez, Donald J., Ed.; Charney, Evan, Ed.
One of every five children under age 18 living in the United States is an immigrant or has immigrant parents. The majority of these children are of Hispanic or Asian origin and, as such, are contributing to the growing racial and ethnic diversity of the U.S. child and youth population. Because of the long-term importance of children in immigrant families to the American economy and society, the Committee on the Health and Adjustment of Immigrant Children and Families was appointed to conduct a study intended to: (1) synthesize and supplement the relevant research literature and provide a demographic description of children in immigrant families; (2) clarify what is known about the development of children in immigrant families regarding the risk and protective factors associated with differential health and well-being of different immigrant groups and the delivery of health and social services to these groups; and (3) assess the adequacy of existing data and make recommendations for new data collection and research needed to inform and improve public policy and programs. Following an executive summary, Chapter 1 of this resulting report, "Children in Immigrant Families," discusses the charge and scope of the study, the policy and scientific contexts, terminology and analytical distinctions, and the organization of the report. Chapter 2, "Socioeconomic and Demographic Risk," describes general childhood risk factors and risk factors specific to children in immigrant families. Chapter 3, "Health Status and Adjustment," includes discussions of birth weight and infant mortality, chronic health conditions, environmental toxins, and adolescent health. Chapter 4, "Public Policies," includes discussions of public benefits and health coverage and access. Chapter 5, "Conclusions and Recommendations," discusses the study's findings and makes recommendations for future research and data collection. The book's appendices are: (1) "Workshop Participants"; (2) "Socioeconomic and Demographic Indicators"; (3) "Glossary"; and (4) "Biographical Sketches." Contains 341 references. (Author/LPP)
Descriptors: Adolescents, At Risk Persons, Child Development, Child Health, Child Welfare, Childhood Needs, Demography, Health Needs, Health Services, Immigrants, Minority Group Children, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Science Research, Social Services, Socioeconomic Background, Well Being
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Planning and Evaluation Service.; National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; National Inst. on Early Childhood Development and Education (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Grant (W.T.) Foundation, New York, NY.; Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; California Wellness Foundation.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Board on Children, Youth, and Families.; Institute of Medicine (NAS), Washington, DC.
IES Cited: ED560752; ED546480