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Other People's Kids: Social Expectations and American Adults' Involvement with Children and Adolescents

Peter Scales, Ph.D
2003, 6.5 x 10, 290 pages.
Price $55.95

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A critical issue for asset building is to create an expectation or norm in the culture that adults have a social responsibility to contribute to young people’s healthy development—not only for children in their own families, but also for “other people’s kids.” Yet, according to groundbreaking national research from Search Institute, only a fraction of American adults consistently engage with other people’s children in positive ways. Other People’s Kids shows the importance of developing “social norms” in communities and society to support adult engagement with young people.