The scientific evidence is clear and growing racism imposes unique and substantial stressors on the daily lives of families raising young children of color. Understanding how these stressors affect child health and development provides a compelling framework for new ideas about how communities, policies, programs, and funding streams might confront and dismantle these inequities and build a stronger future for us all.
This new brief discusses how racism creates conditions that harm the well-being of children and families, and the need to go “upstream” and create…
It is never too early to talk to your child about healthy relationships and dating violence.
Teen dating abuse describes actual or threatened acts of physical, sexual, psychological, and
verbal harm by a partner, boyfriend, girlfriend, or someone wanting a romantic relationship. It
includes violence between two young people in a current or former relationship and can occur
among heterosexual, same-gender, and non-binary couples. It can also include using the
internet, social media sites, calls, or text messaging to harass, pressure, or victimize.
This is the fifth in a series of research briefs commissioned by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that draws on the Family Options Study to inform HHS and HHS grantees as they carry out their special responsibilities for preventing and ending the homelessness of families, children, and youth. It expands on the information in the first brief "Are Homeless Families Connected to the Social Safety Net?"
Families strive to find the best ways to raise their children to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. Parents are often concerned about whether their children will start or are already using drugs such as tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and others, including the abuse of prescription drugs. Research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has shown the important role that parents play in preventing their children from starting to use drugs.The following five questions, developed by the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon, highlight parenting skills that are…
Other, Fact Sheet
The five protective factors at the foundation of Strengthening Families are characteristics that have been shown to make positive outcomes more likely for young children and their families, and to reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. The five factors are: 1. Parental Resilience 2. Social Connections 3. Concrete Supports 4. Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development 5. Social and Emotional Competence of Children. Learn more about the research-based Protective Factors Framework on this webpage. (Author abstract modified)
Fact Sheet, Brief
Reports the results of a longitudinal study of youth from military families and their caregivers concerning their emotional well-being and how well they are coping with servicemembers' extended deployments. (Author abstract)
Part of a series of brochures on parenting, this brochure is designed to assist Pennsylvania parents who are in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse. It begins by urging parents to understand that change is frightening, conflict between recovery needs and the needs of the family may surface, partners and children need to recover too, children often blame themselves for addictions or relapses, and a new family is being created. Tips are provided for using what has been learned in recovery to be a better parent, and for using self-talk to change feelings and behavior.
Part of a series on parenting for parents in Pennsylvania, this brochure explains how parents with mental illnesses can become the best parents they can be. It urges parents to learn as much as they can about their illness, take care of themselves, follow their treatment plan, find out what their rights as a mental health services consumer are, get support from others, help their children learn about their illness, talk about emotions with their child and get counseling for them if they need it, provide a stable and consistent home, play with their children, avoid giving children adult roles…
Many young children have developmental or behavioral problems that could be addressed or prevented with the right early response but that are not identified or treated, compromising children's ability to perform up to their potential in school and leading to more costly interventions later. Because the quality of parenting is so critical to children's development, parental or family difficulties--including maternal depression--can endanger children's development. Yet, parents often do not receive needed medical or mental health care. This brief discusses state Medicaid and CHIP choices that…
Intended for parents, this brief emphasizes the importance of fathers in the development of children. The benefits of active fathering are considered and barriers to active fathering are explained, including: men often have less experience with children than women, men tend not to feel the same social pressure as women to learn how to care for their own, mothers can view fathers as less competent, and family arrangements and socioeconomic realities can make fathering challenge. Strategies for keeping fathers involved in parenting are discussed. 5 references.