Children and Families


RAND research on children covers the prenatal period up to age 18 and includes areas such as child health and the role of the family unit, neighborhoods, and community influence on child well-being. RAND's family-focused research covers additional topics such as marriage and divorce, senior care, and family finances.

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    Journal Article

    Child Vaccines Have Low Risk of Harmful Side Effects

    Jul 2, 2014

    Concerns about vaccine safety have led some parents to decline recommended vaccination of their children, leading to the resurgence of diseases. Harmful side effects are extremely rare and must be weighed against the protective benefits that vaccines provide.

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    “T” Is for Technology: Early Childhood Education and the Digital Divide

    Mar 3, 2014

    Despite the central and growing role of digital technology for knowledge-based work, children in low-income families have relatively limited access to computer-based devices, software applications, and the Internet. “T” Is for Technology explores the potential for early childhood education to help narrow this digital divide.

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    The Time Is Ripe for Evidence-Based Child Policy in the UK

    Today marks the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress that has been made and the challenges that remain. Even in the UK there are still children who live in poverty and inequality, who experience violence, and who are not afforded rights on par with their peers.

    Nov 20, 2014

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    Therapeutic Measures Required: To Ensure Millions of Veterans and Their Families Get High-Quality Care, Community Mental Health Providers Need More Training, Support, Resources

    A RAND study found very few community civilian providers surveyed met key thresholds for military cultural competency and use of evidence-based care, indicating few are ready overall to assist service members, veterans, and their families.

    Nov 12, 2014

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    Community-Based Mental Health Providers Need More Preparation to Better Care for Veterans

    Most community-based mental health providers are not well prepared to take care of the special needs of military veterans and their families. A national survey found that few providers met criteria for military cultural competency or used evidence-based approaches to treat problems commonly seen among veterans.

    Nov 12, 2014

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    Community-Based Mental Health Providers Need More Preparation to Better Care for Veterans

    Most community-based mental health providers are not well prepared to take care of the special needs of military veterans and their families. A national survey of mental health providers found that few providers met criteria for military cultural competency or used evidence-based approaches to treat problems commonly seen among veterans.

    Nov 12, 2014

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    Honoring America's Veterans Requires Helping Their Families, Too

    This Veterans Day, the United States especially honors the millions of veterans living with service-related illnesses and injuries. But it's also important to recognize the sacrifices of those helping them to recover and thrive: America's 5.5 million military caregivers.

    Nov 11, 2014

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    Research Drives Ongoing Support for Veterans

    On November 11, we honor the service and sacrifices of America's veterans. But as they return home and adjust to civilian life, veterans and their families face new challenges and communities struggle to meet their unique needs. Rigorous research is essential to addressing these challenges and finding long-term solutions. RAND explores key issues concerning veterans such as employment, health and well-being, family support, and education.

    Nov 10, 2014

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    RAND on Veterans' Issues

    RAND research explores key issues concerning military veterans, including health and well-being, education, employment and family issues.

    Nov 10, 2014

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    Use of and Regional Variation in Initial CT Imaging for Kidney Stones

    We sought to determine the prevalence of initial computed tomography (CT) utilization and to identify regions in the United States where CT is highly used as the first imaging study for children with nephrolithiasis.

    Nov 1, 2014

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    Seven Chances to Meet Europe's Employment Targets

    The EU will fail to meet the Europe 2020 Strategy target of having 75 percent of people between the ages of 20 and 64 in work unless enough women are encouraged to enter, or remain in, the workforce. Here are seven factors the new EU Commissioners responsible for gender equality and employment must address.

    Oct 30, 2014

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    Gender equality in the workforce: Reconciling work, private and family life in Europe

    This short statistical paper examines two specific aspects of the question: (i) the emerging trends in couples' earnings structures; and (ii) the extent to which more equal earnings relates to more equal domestic work contributions.

    Oct 29, 2014

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    Family-related working schedule flexibility across Europe: Short Statistical Report No. 6

    Access to increased work schedule flexibility varies across EU Member States Greater flexibility is reported in affluent countries and differences also emerge between social groups across countries.

    Oct 29, 2014

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    A Season of Bedtime Challenges

    Halloween and Daylight Saving Time can wreak havoc on children's sleep schedules. But because parents know what's coming, they can prepare by monitoring what kids consume, maintaining calm, consistent schedules, and slowly shifting bedtime over a few days to accommodate the new time settings.

    Oct 28, 2014

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    Evidence-Based Practices in Child and Family Services

    This document provides an overview of evidence-based practices in child and family services, including definitions and criteria for identifying them. It was originally published online as part of the Promising Practices Network Issue Brief series.

    Sep 26, 2014

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    Programs That Work, from the Promising Practices Network on Children, Families and Communities

    This document includes summaries of all of the programs that were reviewed by the Promising Practices Network (PPN) and met the criteria for either a Promising or Proven program, as listed on the PPN website at the time it was archived in June 2014.

    Sep 26, 2014

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    Evaluation of SB 1041 Reforms to California's CalWORKs Program

    To assess whether the California Budget Act of 2012 or Senate Bill 1041 is achieving its objectives to implement reforms to California’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, known as CalWORKs, the RAND Corporation, in partnership with the American Institutes for Research and with support from Stanfield Systems, has been engaged to examine key questions regarding the implementation and impact of SB 1041.

    Sep 24, 2014

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    Issues in Focus: Helping American Veterans and Their Caregivers

    America's military caregivers are an essential part of the nation's ability to care for returning wounded warriors, but their own needs are often neglected. Terri Tanielian, a RAND senior social research analyst, will discuss this critical issue. Register online to attend this program in Santa Monica, Calif.

    Sep 23, 2014

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    Helping American Veterans and Their Caregivers

    In this podcast, Terri Tanielian offers policy recommendations designed to improve the lives of veterans, their caregivers, and their families.

    Sep 23, 2014

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    Type of Therapy Kids Receive for ADHD Depends on Where They Live

    Less than a quarter of commercially-insured U.S. children prescribed ADHD drugs received any talk therapy in the same year they received medication, and the percentage is far lower in many parts of the country.

    Sep 22, 2014

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    Private Effort to Address Veterans' Mental Health Needs Could Aid VA Health Care Reform

    A unique partnership to support private efforts to provide mental health services to veterans and their families could be a model for similar efforts should federal officials decide to expand privately provided health care as part of reform of the VA health system.

    Sep 18, 2014

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    Research Brief

    A Program Steps Up to the Plate to Aid Vets, Families with Mental Health Care

    As federal, state, and local agencies work with the philanthropic community to create models to outsource or leverage potential efficiencies from the private sector, a unique partnership and grant-making program to support veterans and their families has value and could guide future efforts.

    Sep 18, 2014