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Title: The pervasive impact of poverty on children: tackling family adversity and promoting child development through the pathways to prevention project
Contributor(s): Freiberg, Kate (author); Homel, Ross (author); Lamb, Cherie (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2007
DOI: 10.4324/9781843926481
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Abstract: The Pathways to Prevention project involves a university-community organisation-schools partnership designed to bring together a range of programmes to reduce the strength of the association between social disadvantage and poor developmental outcomes for children growing up in one of the most disadvantaged urban areas in Queensland. Beginning from an understanding that development is tied to the social contexts in which it occurs, one strategy that became an immediate driving force for programme activity was to provide an accessible and sensitive family support service to strengthen family function and promote positive child-rearing conditions. The Family Independence Programme (FIP) is focused on the goal of family empowerment and supporting families through adversity. Correlation analysis confirmed that level of family adversity was related to children's developmental competence (language, behaviour and prosocial skills) and that this relationship was most likely mediated by parent efficacy. Preliminary analyses of the effect of FIP involvement indicate its positive impact on parents' sense of efficacy and sense of being supported in the parenting role. It is concluded that supporting families in dealing with adversity is a key to promoting positive outcomes for children. Furthermore, it is argued that a comprehensive approach is required wherein family-oriented programmes such as Pathways to Prevention form part of a wider societal movement to reduce the social and economic stressors that impact on family function.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Pathways and crime prevention : Theory, policy, and practice, p. 226-246
Publisher: Willan Publishing
Place of Publication: Devon, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781843922025
Field of Research (FOR): 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
170103 Educational Psychology
160201 Causes and Prevention of Crime
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 940402 Crime Prevention
949999 Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified
940112 Families and Family Services
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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