VALUES UNDERPINNING POVERTY PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN

Authors
Citation
Hh. Heclo, VALUES UNDERPINNING POVERTY PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN, The Future of children, 7(2), 1997, pp. 141-148
Citations number
58
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Heath Policy & Services","Family Studies
Journal title
ISSN journal
1054-8289
Volume
7
Issue
2
Year of publication
1997
Pages
141 - 148
Database
ISI
SICI code
1054-8289(1997)7:2<141:VUPPFC>2.0.ZU;2-P
Abstract
Values create a framework through which the American public gives mean ing to particular concepts and events. To better understand the values underlying public sup port for poverty programs for children, this ar ticle examines public attitudes toward children, poverty, and governme nt. Although Americans continue to view helping children as a top poli cy priority, there is ambivalence with regard to poor children because of their inevitable connection to poor adults and the public's expect ation that adults be self-sufficient. Rather than choosing between ext reme ideological views of the causes of poverty and the ideal role of government in curbing poverty, the American public cakes an integrativ e perspective that both Values individual initiative and supports oppo rtunities for all Americans. Favored are government programs fitted to the practical needs of everyday life. Such programs should support pe rsonal efforts but not assume responsibility for individual or particu lar group outcomes.