Helping Parents, Helping Children: Two-Generation Mechanisms (Spring 2014 issue of The Future of Children).

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The Future of Children
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Princeton University.
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Future of Children.
Brookings Institution.
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Journal Article
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This issue of The Future of Children assesses past and current two-generation programs. But it goes much further than that. The editors identified six widely acknowledged mechanisms or pathways through which parents, and the home environment they create, are thought to influence children’s development: stress, education, health, income, employment, and assets. Understanding how these mechanisms of development work—and when, where, and how they harm or help—should aid us in designing interventions that boost children’s intellectual and socioemotional development, strengthen families, and help close academic gaps between students from poor and more affluent families. (Author abstract modified)

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