This book examines the state of child and family policy in the United States. It assesses the influence of federal policy on families; reasons for the failures in child-care legislation; and the possibilities and limitations of the social sciences as they relate to the formation of the policies.
Introduction 1. The Federal Role in Family Policies 2. Social Science and the Formation of Policy Toward Children 3. The Family Impact Seminar: A New Approach to Policy Analysis 4. Language Games, Social Science, and Public Policy: The Case of the Family 5. Hostages to Fortune: Adolescents and Social Policy 6. The Demise of Federal Categorical Child Care Legislation: Lessons for the '80s from the Failures of the '70s 7. A Role for Research in Policy-Making: An Experience Studying Child Abuse 8. Social Science Research and Social Policy: Legislative Perspectives of a Congressional Science Fellow 9. Conclusion