Academic journal article Family Relations

Children in Jeopardy: Can We Break the Cycle of Poverty?

Academic journal article Family Relations

Children in Jeopardy: Can We Break the Cycle of Poverty?

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Harris, I. B. (1996). Children in Jeopardy: Can We Break the Cycle of Poverty? New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. 236 pages. Hardcover ISBN 0-300-06892-1, price $27.50.

The number of children and families confronted by the devasting effects of poverty is alarmingly high. The complex nature of poverty demonstrates the need for connecting research and social policy to better support families. In an effort to address these issues, Irving B. Harris has written Children in Jeopardy: Can We Break the Cycle of Poverty?

Harris is a philanthropist and advocate who has commited much of his time and personal resources to identifying strategies which effectively support children and families. Harris utilizes his "business-sense" to attack the problem of poverty in a direct and pragmatic manner. The primary focus of the book centers on early intervention and prevention as the principle tools in the fight against poverty and its ramifications. In particular, the author targets pregnant youth as well as very young children (birth-three years of age) and their families. He states that his type of support is most likely to have an impact on the intergenerational nature of poverty.

This book provides an analysis of pertinent programs and social policies since the 1960's and their lag in keeping up with the changing needs of American families. From a cost-effectiveness perspective, the price of early intervention is weighed against the cost of current policy. …

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