Human Ecology Forum

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 1, Winter

An Ounce of Prevention
... is worth a pound of cure. Sometimes the simple truth of such a timeworn adage can be applied to new problems. For at-risk mothers and their children, prevention in the form of prenatal and postnatal intervention may be a key to improved long-term...
Child Support Policies Should Focus on Noncomplying Parents
Half of all marriages end in divorce, and 40 percent of children will spend some of their childhood in single-parent families as a result. Child support payments are often inadequate to provide for children's basic needs, and 50 percent of noncustodial...
Health Care System Is Reforming Itself
No matter what happens on health care reform in Congress, reform is already irreversibly under way. The traditional medical focus of curing sickness is now taking a backseat to preventing it, observed Keith Pryor at a Cornell Cooperative Extension satellite...
Home Is Where the Work Is
Some work full-time and others part-time. Some make a lot of money, and others barely scrape by. But home-based workers are beginning to account for more and more of New York State's economy. Mark Levine and Deirdre Martin have commutes most of us would...
Indoor Air Quality Is Deteriorating
Many well-insulated homes have higher air pollution levels than the most polluted cities, according to studies conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency. As a result, respiratory illnesses such as asthma are on the rise, and reports of chemical...
Renewing Our Social Fabric
Head Start co-founder Urie Bronfenbrenner says our social fabric is unraveling, and families, particularly children, are paying the price. Society has to reestablish its values and customs to give priority to family life and caring for others. The damage...
Stop the Violence
Children have not escaped the violence that plagues our society. Many times they are its victims, and increasingly they are its perpetrators. Family Life Development Center director James Garbarino is trying to find a way to combat the effects of the...
Strengthening the Adoption Process
Adoption usually brings a lifetime of happiness to adopted children and their families. Some adoptions, however, can cause families significant problems. A recent conference on adoption research and public policy examined both the strengths and the weaknesses...
Zoning Laws Keep Seniors from Creative Housing Options
Although housing innovations could keep thousands of elderly from economic hardship, entering nursing homes prematurely, or living in substandard housing, zoning laws inadvertently stand in the way, according to Patricia Baron Pollak, associate professor...