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Children who live in impoverished conditions or who experience traumatic events face numerous challenges as they develop. RAND conducts research on issues that affect child welfare such as poverty, abuse and neglect, foster care, adoption, child protective services, and other government services designed to protect children and encourage family stability.

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    Blog

    Investing in Children

    May 31, 2013

    The historic objective of Children's Day — celebrated in many European countries on the first day of June — was not simply to celebrate children for who they are, but to bring attention to children around the world who suffer from exploitation, violence, and discrimination.

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    CBITS Offers Online Training and Support to Improve Mental Health of Children and Families

    Sep 11, 2012

    The Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program is a school-based, group, and individual intervention. CBITS is designed to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and behavioral problems, and to improve grades and attendance, peer and parent support, and coping skills.

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    Project

    California Socioeconomic Survey (CalSES)

    Through the California Socioeconomic Study, RAND is evaluating the CalWORKs program. Our goal is to make recommendations to help CalWORKs best serve the children and families of California.

    Mar 16, 2015

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    Commentary

    UK and Europe Are Behind the Times for Single Mothers and Their Children

    Single parents head 10.4 percent of households with children across Europe — 20.4 percent in the UK — and the socioeconomic gap between single- and two-parent households continues to grow. Accessible and flexible work policies are needed to improve employment conditions for single parents, especially mothers.

    Mar 11, 2015

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    Early Life Adversity and Adult Biological Risk Profiles

    Authors determine whether there is a relationship between early life adversity (ELA) and biological parameters known to predict health risks and to examine the extent to which circumstances in midlife mediate this relationship.

    Feb 19, 2015

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    Early Intervention for Abused Children in the School Setting

    This chapter describes the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program, how it addresses child abuse specifically, the theoretical rationale for the program, and the evidence supporting its effectiveness.

    Nov 21, 2014

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    Initiative for Middle Eastern Youth

    RAND’s Initiative for Middle East Youth (IMEY) seeks to better understand and address the complex challenges facing the large youth population in the Middle East today. IMEY supports research and initiatives that focus on a range of socio-economic issues, particularly youth unemployment and education.

    Oct 9, 2014

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    Blog

    How Schools Can Help Students with Traumatic Stress

    Schools are in a unique position to recognize traumatic stress in children. But first, adults throughout the school system—teachers, staff, administrators, school resource officers, and parents—must be aware of the issue, know how to detect signs of trauma exposure, and create a supportive environment.

    Oct 2, 2014

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    Journal Article

    Attending Successful Schools Can Reduce Risky Behavior in Adolescents

    Most successful schools demonstrate better retention and academic achievement. As a result, being admitted to or attending a successful school can reduce very risky health behaviors among low-income adolescents.

    Jul 30, 2014

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    Social Protection During the Economic Crisis: How Do Changes to Benefits Systems Affect Children?

    The economic crisis and its widespread effects have increased poverty and social exclusion risks, notably through cuts in public spending leading to underinvestment in child-focused policies. However, EU authorities increasingly realise that the austerity measures affecting the expenditure on early intervention and preventive policies may result in greater public spending in the future.

    Jun 12, 2014

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    Commentary

    Every Parent Can Be a Better Parent

    The 20th anniversary of the International Day of Families on 15th May 2014 provides an appropriate occasion to celebrate the important role parents play in children's lives and the parenting skills that help children achieve their full potential.

    May 15, 2014

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    School Intervention Related to School and Community Violence

    This article describes how schools can circumvent several key barriers to mental health service provision, outcomes that school interventions target, and the role of the family in school-based services.

    Mar 28, 2014

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    Research on Children and Families Conducted by RAND Labor and Population

    RAND Labor and Population conducts several projects, provides survey and other data, and produces many publications on the topic of children and families.

    Jan 22, 2014

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    Supporting Children and Families

    RAND Labor and Population conducts research related to children and families, including childhood health and access to health care, children's success in early childhood programs such as child care and preschool, and government assistance programs for low-income families.

    Jan 22, 2014

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    Early Puberty, Negative Peer Influence, and Problem Behaviors in Adolescent Girls

    Early puberty and friends' deviance may increase the risk of problem behavior in young adolescent girls. Although many of these associations dissipate over time, early-maturing girls are at risk of persistently higher delinquency and stronger negative peer influences.

    Jan 1, 2014

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    News Release

    Poor Health of Irish Immigrants in England May Be Linked to Childhood Abuse

    Explanations about the struggles among Irish immigrants that rely exclusively on troubled assimilation may be missing a significant part of the story. A large fraction of them suffered from well-documented physical and sexual abuse among Irish children born between 1920 and 1960.

    Dec 17, 2013

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    Report

    Maternal Depression: Implications for Systems Serving Mothers and Children

    Since women are almost twice as likely as men to experience depression and most women age 15 to 50 have children, maternal depression is an important issue. This report informs policymakers and practitioners of evidence connecting maternal depression and negative outcomes for both mother and child.

    Aug 12, 2013

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    Commentary

    Father's Day: The Important Role Fathers Play in Children's Upbringing

    Research shows that engaged fathers have a positive influence on their children. Educational success, better social development, and higher self-esteem are some of the documented effects on children who have dads involved in their everyday life.

    Jun 14, 2013

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    Report

    Parenting Support Policy Brief

    This policy brief provides a summary of parenting support initiatives in Europe. It provides overview of legislation and national strategies, focusing on the scope, organisation, delivery and founding of parenting support services.

    Jun 14, 2013

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    Commentary

    Investing in Children

    The historic objective of Children's Day — celebrated in many European countries on the first day of June — was not simply to celebrate children for who they are, but to bring attention to children around the world who suffer from exploitation, violence, and discrimination.

    May 31, 2013

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    Blog

    The State of the Union 2013

    The 2013 SOTU address will be remembered for its impassioned call for greater gun control just two months after Sandy Hook. But President Obama's second-term agenda can be characterized by its sheer breadth, reflecting the broad range of policy challenges facing the U.S. today.

    Feb 13, 2013

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    Children's Exposure to Violence: Frequency May Not Be the Best Predictor of Negative Symptoms

    Whether at home, at school, or in the community, exposure to violence raises concerns about not just the potential for physical harm, but also the longer-term developmental and mental health risks for children.

    Feb 4, 2013