Item description for Cross Cultural Perspectives in Child Advocacy (Research in Global Child Advocacy) by Ilene R. Berson...
Cross Cultural Perspectives in Child Advocacy Children are creative and vibrant contributors to our society; however, each day unknown numbers of young people struggle to survive acts that violate their rights and well being. In order to counter the threats to their functioning, children's quality of life must be shaped by positive experiences and caring relationships that enhance safe and supportive communities.
Although children's issues have gained visibility, there continue to be major challenges facing youth, and the likelihood that children will be exposed to some form of victimization is immense. These difficulties include the marginalization of children; exposure to violence, abuse and neglect; poverty; lack of stimulation to foster emotional, physical, and cognitive development; and experiences with war and civil conflict. Exposure to traumatic experiences has both short term and long-term consequences in a child's life and can contribute to physical and mental health problems as well as educational impairments. Investments in children's present and future functioning necessitate allocation of resources to address education, physical health, socioemotional well-being, and economic security. Children are injured and killed in armed conflicts and used as pawns in the commercial sex industry. The goal is not only to reduce children's morality that stems from abuse, exploitation, disease, conflicts, malnourishment, and other areas of vulnerability, but also to improve the quality of children's lives. Establishing a need for advocacy may be less salient than formulating mechanisms to compensate for the impact of poverty, violence, conflict, discrimination, disease, and limited access to education. There is now more common acceptance of the critical periods of childhood and of the cumulative effects of missed opportunities for physical, emotional, and educational development. However, the solutions for potential change and impact focuses our efforts on initiatives that have the greatest opportunity to span the needs of childhood, from the early years through adolescence. Regardless of age, children need secure and supportive environments where caring adults advocate for their safety and optimal functioning. Where as young children require family and community-based supports which enhance the skills of care givers to build a strong foundation for their development, adolescents require opportunities to help shape their future through active participation. Advocacy initiatives can provide the impetus for accessing the energy and ingenuity of youth who can be partners in improving the future status of their peers. Moreover, global efforts are an asset to children's issues by strengthening international collaboration and the sharing of information that can foster children's investment in the rights of the young. This book is the first in a series which will highlight global efforts to recognize deficits and facilitate protection of children from threats to their healthy functioning. Efforts to optimize human capabilities need to be directed by research which informs us of the conditions that contribute to the social, physical, and emotional development of children and those which deprive children of their chance for success and happiness. The Research in Global Child Advocacy Series offers readers a glimpse into the experience of children and the expertise of researchers and professionals who diligently work toward crafting a framework for action that is integrated across disciplines. Despite divergent perspectives and problems that are addressed, the shared commitment of the chapter authors to explore the issues and challenges of children creates a common vision and goal to recognize and promote the rights and well being of children worldwide.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2001
Publisher Information Age Publishing
ISBN 1930608055 ISBN13 9781930608054