Toward the Development of a National Youth Policy
Children constitute 100% of the future human and social capital upon which our nation must depend. The healthy rearing of children has often been identified as the essential function of the family (Bowman & Spanier, 1978; Lerner & Spanier, 1980). As such, although family policy is not isomorphic with child or youth policy (e.g., family policies may involve aged adults living in retirement and without children or grandchildren), it is arguably the case that there are no policy issues of greater concern to America’s families than those that pertain to the health or welfare of their children.
KeywordsCivil Society Youth Development Positive Youth Development Family Diversity Family Policy
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