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One of the myths about families in inner-city neighborhoods is that they are characterized by poor parenting. Sociologist Frank Furstenberg and his colleagues explode this and other misconceptions about success, parenting, and socioeconomic advantage in Managing to Make It . This unique study--the first in the MacArthur Foundation Studies on Successful Adolescent Development series--focuses on how and why youth are able to overcome social disadvantages.
Based on nearly 500 interviews and case studies of families in inner-city Philadelphia, Managing to Make It lays out in detail the creative means parents use to manage risks and opportunities in their communities. More importantly, it also depicts the strategies parents develop to steer their children away from risk and toward resources that foster positive development and lead to success.

"Indispensible to anyone concerned about breaking the cycle of poverty and helplessness among at-risk adolescents, this book has a readable, graphic style easily grasped by those unfamiliar with statistical techniques." -- Library Journal


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How and why are some youths able to overcome social disadvantages? Five sociologists and psychologists challenge the myth that poor parenting is common in poor neighborhoods. Contradicting the fatalism of such works as Judith Rich Harris's The Nurture Assumption (Free Pr., 1998), these distinguished scholars offer examples of people steering their children out of poverty. Parents in the study exhibit a wide range of competencies: they are committed, reasonably skilled, strongly invested in their children's welfare, and vigilant in shielding their children from local dangers. The book's conclusions are based on extensive case studies and interviews with parents and children from 500 families randomly selected from low-income sections of Philadelphia. Indispensable to anyone concerned about breaking the cycle of poverty and helplessness among at-risk adolescents, this book has a readable, graphic style easily grasped by those unfamiliar with statistical techniques. Recommended.‘Chogollah Maroufi, California State Univ., Los Angeles (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Part 1 The Theory and Research Design
1 Parenting in the Inner City The Problem
2 The Philadelphia Study
Part 2 The Findings
3 How They Fared Measuring Adolescent Success
4 How Parents Manage Risk and Opportunity
5 Parenting Matters
6 Family Influences and Adolescents' Lives
7 How Do Neighborhoods Matter?
8 Adolescent Competence and the Effects of Cumulative Risk Factors
9 Looking Ahead: Patterns of Success in Late Adolescence
10 Managing for Success: Lessons from the Study
Appendix
Notes
References
Index

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