Vulnerable Children

Global Challenges in Education, Health, Well-Being, and Child Rights

  • Deborah J. Johnson
  • DeBrenna LaFa Agbényiga
  • Robert K. Hitchcock

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Deborah J. Johnson, DeBrenna LaFa Agbényiga, Judith Mbula Bahemuka
    Pages 1-10
  3. Cultural Empowerment and Self Determination

  4. Education and Schooling Experiences

  5. Health and Well Being

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. DeBrenna LaFa Agbényiga
      Pages 105-119
    3. Jonathan R. H. Tudge, Cesar A. Piccinini, Tania M. Sperb, Dolphine Odero-Wanga, Rita S. Lopes, Lia B. L. Freitas
      Pages 121-137
  6. Child Security: Orphans and Fosterage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Laura Bates, Tom Luster, Deborah J. Johnson, Desiree Baolian Qin, Meenal Rana
      Pages 167-183
  7. Children’s Rights

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 271-278

About this book


They are laborers, soldiers, refugees, and orphans. In areas of the world torn by poverty, disease, and war, millions of children are invisible victims, deprived of home, family, and basic human rights. Their chances for a stable adult life are extremely slim.

The powerful interdisciplinary volume Vulnerable Children brings a global child-rights perspective to the lives of indigenous, refugee, and minority children in and from crisis-prone regions. Focusing on self-determination, education, security, health, and related issues, an international panel of scholars examines the structural and political sources of children's vulnerabilities and their effects on development. The book analyzes intervention programs currently in place and identifies challenges that must be met at both the community and larger policy levels. These chapters also go a long way to explain the often-blurred line between vulnerability and resilience.

Key areas of coverage include:

  • Dilemmas of rights-based approaches to child well-being in an African cultural context.
  • Poverty and minority children’s education in the United States: The case study of a Sudanese refugee family.
  • The heterogeneity of young children’s experiences in Kenya and Brazil.
  • A world tour of interventions for children of a parent with a psychiatric illness.
  • An exploration of fosterage of Owambo orphans in Namibia.
  • UNICEF in Colombia: Defending and nurturing childhood in media, public, and policy discourses.

Vulnerable Children is a must-have resource for researchers, graduate students, clinicians and professionals across a range of fields, including child and school psychology, social work, maternal and child health, developmental psychology, anthropology, sociology, social policy, and public health.


Aboriginal education African cultures and policies Boodja Marr Karl Child and adolescent development Child health Child labor in farm and domestic work Child mental health issues Child rights Child well-being Children in Marine Fishing in Ghana Children of war Cultural empowerment Foster care and child rights Fosterage of Owambo orphans in Namibia, Southern Africa Human rights Immigrant children Indigenous education International child rights Invisible children Media, public, and policy discourses in children’s rights Nyae Nyae Village Schools Project Orphans and fosterage Parent-child relations Parental socialization Poverty and minority children’s education Psychiatric disorders and interventions Refugee youth Resilience Schooling and child rights Self-determination in education Self-perception in families and schools Transnational humanitarian organizations in Malawi Trokosi child UNICEF’s Juanita Communication Initiative in Colombia “Lost Boys”

Editors and affiliations

  • Deborah J. Johnson
    • 1
  • DeBrenna LaFa Agbényiga
    • 2
  • Robert K. Hitchcock
    • 3
  1. 1., Dept. Human DevelopmentMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.School of Social Work & Dept. of Human DMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  3. 3., Center for Global Change andMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-6779-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-6780-9
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