Subject: Studies in the News 03-3 (January 15, 2003)

Studies in the News
Children and Family Supplement

Contents This Week

Introductory Material CULTURE AND SOCIETY
   Ethnic identities and networks of care
   Neighborhoods and immigrant adolescents
   Early child development
   Early Learning and self-esteem
   Language and learning
   Special education
   Shaken Baby Syndrome
   State efforts to improve children’s oral health
   Health insurance
   Mental health services in the United States
   Children in public housing
   Child welfare costs
   Assessing and treating physically abused children
   Family violence
   Evolution of kinship care policies
   Teaching to the brain's learning systems
   Latino children
   Ensuring high quality teacher
   Child care options for employers
Introduction to Studies in the News

Studies in the News is a very current compilation of items significant to the Legislature and Governor's Office. It is created weekly by the State Library's Research Bureau to supplement the public policy debate in California’s Capitol. To help share the latest information with state policymakers, these reading lists are now being made accessible through the State Library’s website. This week's list of current articles in various public policy areas is presented below.

Service to State Employees:

  • When available, the URL for the full text of each item is provided.

  • Items in the State Library collection can be checked out to state officials and staff.

  • Access to all materials listed will be provided by the State Information Reference Center, either by e-mail to or by calling 654-0261.

The following studies are currently on hand:



Ethnic Identity, Bounded Solidarity, and the Formation of Immigrant Networks of Care. By Johanna Shih, Center for Working Families, University of California, Berkeley. Working Paper No. 55. (The Center, Berkeley, California) August 2002. 20 p.

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["This paper addresses the ethnic solidarity and networks of care among the Asian immigrant community within Silicon Valley.... Additionally, US Census data from 1990 and 2000 is analyzed to document differences among white and Asian families, demonstrating that Asian families are more likely to have both parents working full-time in the labor force, thereby increasing the difficulty they may have finding adequate child care." The Scout Report (November 27, 2002).]

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How Neighborhoods Matter for Immigrant Adolescents. By Min Zhou, California Policy Research Center. CPRC Brief. Vol. 14, No. 8. (The Center, Berkeley, California) December 2002. 4 p.

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["Today, many immigrant neighborhoods are plagued with poverty, inadequate schools, family disruption, violent crimes, drug abuse and alcoholism.... This brief demonstrates that social institutions are the key to reproducing or interpreting new forms of relations and generating new mechanisms of support and control."]

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From Early Child Development to Human Development: Investing in Our Children's Future. By Mary Eming Young. (The World Bank, Washington, DC) 2002. 406 p.

["Recently, the World Bank hosted a conference to review the state of knowledge on brain development, the link between early child development (ECD) and human development, standards of care to improve children's educational outcomes, qualitative and quantitative measures of effective programs, and elements of quality in ECD programs. This book includes descriptions and case studies of successful ECD programs throughout the world." NOTE: From Early Child Development ... is available for 3-day loan.]

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Self-Esteem and Early Learning. By Rosemary Roberts. (Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA) 2002. 158 p.

[Includes: "Children Learning to be Lovable;" "Children's Normal Bad Feelings;" "Children Living with Other People;" "Children's Way of Learning;" and others. NOTE: Self-Esteem and Early Learning is available for 3-day loan.]

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Preparing for Success: Meeting the Language and Learning Needs of Young Children from Poverty Homes. By Carolyn Weiner. (ECL Publications, Youngtown, Arizona) 2001. 115 p.

["This book offers concrete suggestions for meeting the learning needs of children from poverty homes. Language development differences between children from low income families and those from middle class families are documented and discussed.... A comprehensive approach for meeting students' language and learning needs is proposed." NOTE: Preparing for Success ... is available for 3-day loan.]

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Concise Encyclopedia of Special Education: A Reference for the Education of the Handicapped and Other Exceptional Children and Adults. By Cecil R. Reynolds and Elaine Fletcher-Janzen. (John Wiley & Sons, New York, New York) 2002. 1062 p.

["This 2nd edition is offered as a desk reference for special educators, school psychologists, educational and clinical psychologists, educational diagnosticians, resource and related teachers, and the parents of children receiving or in need of special education services." NOTE: Concise Encyclopedia of Special Education ... is available for 3-day loan.

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Silenced Angels: The Medical, Legal, and Social Aspects of Shaken Baby Syndrome. By James R. Peinkofer.(Auburn House, Westport, Connecticut) 2002. 292 p.

["The book examines how the physical assault of violent shaking on a young body can lead to a lifetime of despair or even death. Every important detail of this tragic form of child abuse is analyzed.... SBS cases can be frequently misdiagnosed and are more frequently under-investigated and poorly prosecuted, leading to a sense of injustice among families and child abuse prevention advocates." NOTE: Silenced Angels ... is available for 3-day loan.

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State Efforts to Improve Children’s Oral Health. By Bendan Krause, NGA Center for Best Practices, National Governor’s Association. Issue Brief. (The Center, Washington, DC) November 20, 2002. 8 p.

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[“Most children enjoy optimal oral health. For a significant number of children, bad oral health is a painful and chronic reality. Most of these children are from low-income families. States are addressing a number of issues to improve children's oral health.”]

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Health Insurance is a Family Matter. By the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. (National Academies Press, Washington, DC) 2002. 278 p.

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[Includes: "A Family Matter;" "Insurance Coverage of Families;" "Insurance Transitions Over the Family Life Cycle;" "Financial Characteristics and Behavior of Uninsured Families;" and others. NOTE: Health Insurance is a Family Matter is available for 3-day loan.]

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Interim Report of the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. By the Commission on Mental Health. (The Commission, Washington, DC) October 2002. 24 p.

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["The nation's system for delivering mental health care services is in disarray, forcing those with mental illnesses to suffer needlessly and causing millions of dollars to be spend unproductively. This report found that nearly 5 to 7 percent of adults, in a given year, have a serious mental illness, mental illness accounts for 25 percent of all disability across major industrialized countries, and mental illnesses cost the U.S. economy some $63 billion annually because of productivity losses." BNA's Health Care Policy Report (November 11, 2002) 1489 p.]

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Children in Public Housing Developments: An Examination of the Children at the Beginning of the Jobs-Plus Demonstration. By Pamela Morris and Stephanie Jones, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation. (The Corporation, New York, New York) December 2002. 55 p.

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["The authors report that on some, but not all, measures of school and behavioral outcomes, a substantial proportion of children living in public housing exhibited negative outcomes, comparable to those experienced by low-income children not living in public housing. They also discovered few associations between measures of the children's well-being and their parents' employment or welfare status or the housing developments' social environment."]

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The Cost of Protecting Vulnerable Children III: What Factors Affect States' Fiscal Decisions? By Roseana Bess and others, The Urban Institute. (The Institute, Washington, DC) December 2002. 45 p.

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["Researchers asked child welfare administrators in all 50 states and DC how much they spent on child welfare programs in state fiscal year (SFY) 2000, how they spent the money, and where the money came from. States spent at least $20 billion on child welfare service in SFY 2000, a 20 percent increase from SFY 1998. The federal share of total spending increased to 49 percent from 45 percent in SFY 1998. State administrators expressed concern that budget deficits and declines in TANF funding for child welfare services since SFY 2000 may force cutbacks in an array of child welfare support services." HandsNet (January 1, 2003).]

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Assessing and Treating Physically Abused Children and Their Families: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach. By David J. Kolko and Cynthia Cupit Swenson. (Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, California) 2002. 346 p.

[Includes: "Treatment of the Child Victim: Understanding the Child's Experiences and Behavior;" " Treatment of the Child: Cognitive Interventions;" "Treatment of the Maltreating Adult: Affect-Focused Interventions;" and others. NOTE: Assessing and Treating Physically Abused Children ... is available for 3-day loan.]

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The Batterer as Parent: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Family Dynamics. By Lundy Bancrofte and Jay G. Silverman. (Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, California) 2002. 240 p.

[Includes: "Power Parenting: The Batterer's Style with Children;" "Shock Waves: The Batterer's Impact on the Home;" "The Mismeasure of Batterers as Parents: A Critique of Prevailing Theories of Assessment;" and others. NOTE: The Batterer as Parent ... is available for 3-day Loan.]

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The Continuing Evolution of State Kinship Care Policies. By Amy Jantz and others, The Urban Institute. (The Institute, Washington, DC) December 2002. 53 p.

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["This paper reports the findings of a 2001 survey of state kinship foster care policies. Although child welfare agencies have been using relatives to act as foster parents for many years, states are still struggling with how to conceptually approach kinship foster care. Many states are learning how to serve this population by trial and error, trying different requirements and services to find the most desirable outcomes."]

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Teaching to the Brain's Natural Learning Systems. By Barbara K. Given, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. (The Association, Alexandria, Virginia) 2002. 163 p.

["Although the brain is the most complex entity in the universe, it can be studied broadly as well as in great detail by focusing on five of its major systems: emotional, social, cognitive, physical, and reflective. The author has cautiously investigated brain structures and functions of these five systems and applied findings from neurobiology to education without making leaps of judgment or unfounded claims." NOTE: Teaching to the Brain's Natural Learning Systems is available for 3-day loan.]

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Latino Children and Families in the United States: Current Research and Future Directions. By Josefina M. Contreras and others. (Praeger, Westport, Connecticut) 2000. 283 p.

[Includes: "Latino Immigrant Parents' Beliefs and the "Path of Life" of Their Adolescent Children;" "Coparenting in Intact Mexican American Families: Mothers' and Fathers' Perceptions;" "Parenting Interventions Adapted for Latino Families: Progress and Prospects;" and others. NOTE: Latino Children and Families ... is available for 3-day loan.]

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[The following studies, reports, and documents have been ordered or requested, but have not yet arrived. Requests may be placed, and copies will be provided when the material arrives.]



Quality Counts 2003: If I Can't Learn From You ... Ensuring a High Quality Teacher in Every Classroom: [Issue Theme.] Educational Week. Vol. 22, No. 17, January 9, 2003.

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["The report examines what all 50 states and the District of Columbia are doing to attract, retain, and support well-qualified teachers for students in high-poverty, high-minority and low-achieving schools. In addition, Education Week surveyed 30 large school districts about courses of action to improve teacher quality in high-need schools." NOTE: Quality Counts 2003 ... will be available for 3-day loan.]

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Taking Care: An Employer's Guide to Child Care Options. By Elizabeth Cushing Payne, One Small Step. (The Bay Area Employer Work and Family Association, San Francisco, California) 2002.

["This book explores employer-sponsored child care options including on- and near-site centers, back-up care, mildly ill care, slots reserved in local centers, school age care, and resource and referral for child care. It features a practical discussion of the issues related to developing a child care initiative including perspectives from national experts, showcases over 20 successful programs sponsored by Bay Area employers, and, offers worksheets for getting started -- needs assessment, cost-benefit analysis and more." Child Development Policy Institute Resource Bulletin #3 (January 2003).]

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NOTE: Taking Care ... will be available for 3-day loan.

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