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FAD 3432 An Introduction to At-Risk Issues- The Tree I. The well being of our society depends on our ability prepare the younger generations to succeed us. a. Schools must provide an environment that maximizes learning for all students. b. Family life determines a nation’s strength and stability. c. Communities can enhance access to quality child care, education programs, health care, and living wages, and provide young people with opportunities to work for the welfare of others. II. Tree Metaphor Introduction a. Soil- environment b. Roots- family and school issues c. Trunk- high-risk vs. low-risk attitudes and behaviors d. Branches- specific at-risk categories e. Gardener who prunes and nurtures- intervention techniques f. *shows the interrelationships of the problems from an ecological perspective III. The Scope of the Problems: An Overview of the Ecology of At-Risk Youth a. The amount of youth that are at risk these days suggests that our society is at risk. b. Facts of an At-Risk Society i. In 2000, 11.6 million children lived in poverty and 1/3 will live in poverty at some point during their childhood. ii. African-American and Latino children are disproportionately poor. 1. 31% African-Americans 2. 28% of Latinos iii. The majority of poor children live in families that work. 77% live with a family member who worked in the past year. iv. … (page 4) c. There has been only moderate improvement with these problems.
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IV. The Use of the Term At-Risk: Definition Problems a. Psychologists, social workers, and counselors use the term to denote individuals who suffer emotional and adjustment problems. b. Educators use it sometimes to refer to young people who are at risk of dropping out of the educational system, sometimes to refer to youth who are not learning skills to succeed after graduation, and sometimes to children whose current educational mastery makes their future school career problematic. c. Medical workers use the term to refer to individuals with health problems. d. Economists and the business community use it to refer to workers who do not have the requisite literacy and numerary skills to obtain employment or succeed at jobs. e. BEST : At-risk denotes a set of presumed cause-effect dynamics that place an individual child or adolescent in danger of future negative outcomes. At-risk designates a situation that is not necessarily current (although we sometimes use the term in that sense too) but that can be anticipated in the absence of intervention. f. See Figure 1.1 page 5 g. Specific behaviors (ex. Substance abuse), attitudes, or deficiencies provide an initial marker of later problem behavior. i. The term at-risk does not necessarily designate a situation that is current but that can be anticipated in the absence of intervention. V. Levels of Risk
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