Human Ecology Forum

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 4, Fall

A New Appreciation of Fatherhood
Policies on paternity and child support are evolving in a positive direction, says family policy expert Elizabeth Peters. And they may have the added benefit of getting fathers more involved with their children. While many of today's children are...
A Silent Spring for Our Children?
Wildlife conservationists have long known that a destructive environment can harm the species that live there. Applying that model to human habitats, a community development expert offers guidance for protecting another endangered species--our children....
Cornell Clinic Offers Legal, Business Services to Local Child Care Providers
HOW SHOULD A HOME-BASED child care provider set up a partnership and plan her liability insurance, floor plan, tax schedule, and cash flow? What can a mother do when her landlord says she can't set up a small child care business in her home? How should...
Income Tax Credits,
Not Minimum Wage Hike, Will Benefit the Working Poor THE MINIMUM WAGE is an outdated mechanism that does not help the working poor fight poverty, asserts a Cornell economist. In fact, he says, 83 percent of minimum-wage benefits go to teenagers...
Making Poor, Urban Communities Safe-At What Cost?
Some race and criminal law scholars argue that African Americans in poor, urban communities support disproportionately harsh law enforcement in their neighborhoods to slow down crime. Race, law, and policy expert Richard Brooks disagrees. Few surveys...
National Nutrition Education Program
Has Helped New Yorkers for 30 Years WHEN CHARLIE ROCK HILL a single father of two young teenagers, lost his job after a back injury, his income plummeted to $148 a week, which he supplemented with $86 a month in food stamps. "After buying a few...
Rural Families Benefit from Cornell Expertise in Community Development
Three million people live in rural areas of New York State. Many of these communities have few new jobs, a crumbling infrastructure, a poor economy, and minimal social and health services. Cornell's Community and Rural Development Institute works with...
Single Motherhood Does Not Affect How Well Young Children Do in School
A LARGE, MULTIETHNIC Cornell University study has found that single motherhood does not necessarily compromise how well prepared six- and seven-year-olds are for school. "Although one-parent families had lower incomes, what mattered most for kids'...
SUPPORT FOR Informal Child Care Providers
A majority of children of working parents receive day care from informal providers--friends or relatives of the family. Yet little support exists for these caregivers when they face problems with discipline, health and safety, and parent communication....
Sustaining Our Connections through Families and Communities
All families face numerous challenges today in balancing work and family responsibilities, in creating a nurturing environment for their children, in coping with an increasing level of violence, and in struggling with a changing health care system....
The Recipe for Happy, Retired Husbands-
Go Back to Work! RETIRED MEN WHO return to work report the highest morale and lowest levels of depression--especially if their wives remain at home--compared with other couples, both working and retired, according to a new college study. Recently...
The Telltale Heart
Family relationships--between parent and child and between adult partners--are known to be important to health and well-being. Using heart rate measures, social psychologist Cindy Hazan is looking at how and when these emotional bonds form, the factors...
What's for Dinner?
It Depends on Where You Live and Who You Live With Cornell researchers are looking at how a family's food decisions are influenced by the community in which they live. They are using this information to help communities support healthful, sustainable,...

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