A number of societal risks pose serious challenges to families' well-being, many of which cut across divisions of class and race. These challenges include: changes in the labor market and economy; the increasing participation of mothers in the labor force; the changing nature of family structure and the composition of households; and the increase in the number of immigrant families. Key institutions in the lives of families, including places of employment and schools, can play a significant role in fostering families' capacity to adapt to the potential challenges they face. Resilience Across Contexts: Family, Work, Culture, and Community presents papers--written by leading scholars in varied disciplines including economics, developmental and educational psychology, education, and sociology--discussing factors that influence resilience development. The authors' research focuses on emerging issues that have significant implications for policy and practice in such areas as employment and new technologies; maternal employment and family development; family structure and family life; immigration, migration, acculturation, and education of children and youth; and social and human services delivery. The book's overall goal is to take stock of what is known from research and practice on some of the challenges facing children and families for policy development and improvement of practices.
"The main defining characteristic of the book is its extensive coverage and the information it provides….Its subtitle, Family, Work, Culture, and Community, alludes to the multiplicity of topics studied and the contextual richness considered….The strength resides mainly in the book being an important resource that also provides various disciplinary perspectives on the issues, with extensive literature cited….[the authors] shed light on important issues and give the reader food for thought. This is a must read for all those interested in resilience across the contexts of family, work, culture, and community."
"The editors have created an invaluable resource for those interested in research, social policy, and its applicability. The chapters are well-referenced, providing further resources for the reader."
—The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families
Contents: Preface. Part I: Economic Resources, Family Adjustment, and Student Achievement. L.S. Gallay, C.A. Flanagan, The Well-Being of Children in a Changing Economy: Time for a New Social Contract in America. R.D. Taylor, L. Jacobson, A.U. Rodriguez, A. Dominguez, R. Cantic, J. Doney, A. Boccuti, J. Alejandro, C. Tobon, Stressful Experiences and the Psychological Functioning of African-American and Puerto Rican Families and Adolescents. P. Florsheim, The Economic and Psychological Dynamics of Nonresident Paternal Involvement. Part II: Employment, Family Functioning, and Child and Adolescent Outcomes. D.L. Vandell, K. Dadisman, K. Gallagher, Another Look at the Elephant: Child Care in the Nineties. J.V. Lerner, E.R. Noh, Maternal Employment Influences on Early Adolescent Development: A Contextual View. L.W. Hoffman, Maternal Employment: Effects of Social Context. Part III: Family Structures, Parental Involvement, and the Psychological Functioning of Children and Adolescents. C.M. Buchanan, The Impact of Divorce on Adjustment During Adolescence. E.W. Gordon, The Myths and Realities of African-American Fatherhood. M.A. Zimmerman, D.A. Salem, P.C. Notaro, Make Room for Daddy II: The Positive Effects of Fathers' Role in Adolescent Development. Part IV: Culture, Immigration, Acculturation, and Family Relations and Achievement. R.G. Rumbaut, Profiles in Resilience: Educational Achievement and Ambition Among Children of Immigrants in Southern California. L. Reese, K. Kroesen, R. Gallimore, Agency and School Performance Among Urban Latino Youth. R.K. Chao, Cultural Explanations for the Role of Parenting in the School Success of Asian-American Children.