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Forgotten FamiliesEnding the Growing Crisis Confronting Children and Working Parents in the Global Economy$
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Jody Heymann

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335248

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335248.001.0001

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School-Age Children: Getting a Chance

School-Age Children: Getting a Chance

(p.45) 3 School-Age Children: Getting a Chance
Forgotten Families

Jody Heymann

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes school-age children, the care they lack, and the care-giving gaps they are forced to fill when no one else is available. Families globally who were caring for elementary-school children, pre-adolescents, and teenagers are interviewed. Most parents interviewed worried about the risks to their elementary-school children's health and development if they were home alone, and many worried about the educational outcomes and risk behaviors of their older children if they had to be routinely alone for extended periods of time. School-age children need their parents to have the chance to be involved in their lives. There are three changes that need to be made for school-age children to have a fighting chance.

Keywords:   school-age children, caring, family, health, home alone, risk behavior, parent

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