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NCJ Number: 120509 Find in a Library
Title: High Risk
Author(s): K Magid; C A McKelvey
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 361
Sponsoring Agency: Bantam Books
New York, NY 10019
Publication Number: ISBN 0-553-34667-9
Sale Source: Bantam Books
666 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Possible causes for serious breaks in the bonding process between children and caregivers involve day care, parental leave, adoption, foster care, teenage pregnancy, child abuse, and divorce.
Abstract: The most frequent challenges faced by families are child care and parental leave, and these challenges can lead to high-risk situations. The critical factor is bonding; without effective bonding, infants will not become attached to their primary caregivers. Evidence indicates that the first few years of life are crucial to healthy human development. Unattached children, or "trust bandits," are examples of what inadequate attention to the needs of children and families can cause. In dealing with high-risk situations of children and their caregivers, the book addresses parenting, genetics, and crime and these issues are vitally connected to child development. Section one explores the disease of psychopathy, while section two explains attachment and why it is important for developing children. Section three talks about the changing roles within the American family and how this trend may endanger children. Section four discusses state-of-the-art treatment for unattachment. 213 references.
Main Term(s): Child development
Index Term(s): Child care services; Family crisis; Home environment; Parent-Child Relations
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