• February/March 2002
  • Vol. 3, No. 2

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Does it Take a Village: Community Effects on Children, Adolescents, and Families

Booth, Alan. (Editor); Crouter, Ann C. (Editor). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Mahwah, NJ. 272 pp. $34.50. Paperback.

Based on the presentations and discussion from the sixth national symposium on community effects on children, adolescents, and families held at Pennsylvania State University, Does it Take a Village focuses on the mechanisms that link community characteristics to the functioning of the families and individuals within them. Community norms, economic opportunities, reference groups for assessing relative deprivation, and social support networks are discussed. Contributors underscore the features of communities that represent risk factors for children, adolescents, and their families, as well as those characteristics that underlie resilience and thus undergird family functioning. Researchers hope to answer the questions of how it takes a village to raise a child, and what can be done to help communities achieve this essential task more effectively.

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