Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Understanding Urban Youth

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Understanding Urban Youth

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Understanding Urban Youth CHILDREN IN THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT: Linking Social Policy and Clinical Practice, (3rd ed.) Edited by N. K. Phillips & S. L. A. Straussner 2017, Charles C. Thomas

Review by Judy Johnson

The book, Children in the Urban Environment: Linking Social Policy and Clinical Practice, is an ambitious work that covers issues regarding policies, research, and practice with youth in an urban setting. As an edited book, the chapters by the various authors address issues that face youth, such as substance use, violence, gangs, health issues, and poverty. Additional chapters address factors in the home, such as youth living in foster care placements, with substance-abusing families, and with parents facing incarceration. Especially timely is the discussion of policy issues that impact youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and those who are recent immigrants to the United States.

While written with social workers in mind, the text also offers important information for school psychologists. For those looking for current demographics, policy, and evidence-based practices regarding the children they work with in an urban setting, the book delivers an overview of many different social issues. …

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