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Beyond the Deficit Model

The Empowerment of Parents with Information and Informal Supports
  • Moncrieff Cochran
  • Frank Woolever

Abstract

In an article entitled “Children and Families: 1984?” Urie Bronfenbrenner refers to George Orwell’s prophetic prediction of the destruction of free Western society and its basic institutions, including the family, by the year 1984. He goes on to argue that while Orwell may have picked the right year and outcome, he was wrong in attributing that outcome to human efficiency rather than human ineptitude. Bronfenbrenner sees the erosion of the power of the family and the child-rearing system as a product of public indifference, and he feels that we are failing to come to terms with some hard realities. The family intervention program described in this chapter is being carried out in an attempt to confront some of those realities.

Keywords

Home Visit Informal Support Parenting Role Black Family Young Family 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Moncrieff Cochran
    • 1
  • Frank Woolever
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Human Development and Family Studies, New York State College of Human EcologyCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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