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Title: Addressing the Needs of St. Louis Children at Risk: A Report to the Community from Project Respond
Author(s): R H Patton
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 98
Sponsoring Agency: Eric Document Reproduction Service
Arlington, VA 22210
US Dept of Education
Washington, DC 20208
Sale Source: Eric Document Reproduction Service
P. O. Box 190
Arlington, VA 22210
United States of America
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Project Respond is a St. Louis-based program designed to develop a model for assessing and addressing sociological risk to children.
Abstract: Project Respond has identified eight primary categories in which such risk arises: insufficient family support, unmet basic material needs, poor health care, lack of needed child care, inadequate basic schooling, dangerous or dysfunctional community environment, poverty, and racism and institutional discrimination. This report describes the effects of profound sociological risk to children, the types of research conducted by Project Respond, the model for detailed assessment of risk, and preliminary research findings. These findings showed that a growing number of children have unmet basic life needs; poverty among children in single-parent, female-headed households is a primary risk factor. Black children are more likely to be at risk than their white counterparts. The social and economic costs arising from sociological risk cannot be avoided, only delayed. Policy initiatives to address the needs of these children must be broadly focused, well-coordinated, adequately funded, and community supported. For the most part, children's needs are best addressed in the context of their family, and family problems are best treated in the context of their community settings. 11 figures and 2 appendixes
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Children at risk; Missouri; Sociological analyses
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