Bridging the Gap: Examining Polarity in America by Diane Zabel, Nancy L. Herron

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By Diane Zabel, Nancy L. Herron

Controversial social difficulties presently dealing with american citizens are addressed in those 12 astute bibliographic essays that synthesize the literature at the matters and description ideas for finding additional info. many of the concerns lined are media and pop culture; public coverage and govt; legislation and the management of the justice approach; poverty, welfare, and unemployment; baby care and elder care; starvation and foodstuff; homelessness; and youngsters and the altering American kinfolk. The essays supply considerate examinations of the problems, talk about attainable resolutions, and current lists of assets for additional research. a vital buy for school and collage libraries, this paintings is usually acceptable for top tuition libraries and medium to massive public libraries. it may be used as a supplementary textual content for sociology, social paintings, public coverage, kin stories, schooling, and nursing classes that contain the learn of latest social concerns, and as a guide by way of practitioners i

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269 When Does Use Become Abuse? S. S. System 310 Institutions and Organizational Structures 313 Financing Mechanisms 314 Reform Proposals 315 What the Future May Bring 319 References 321 Sources of Additional Information 325 Books 325 Bibliographies 326 Indexes/Databases 326 Statistical Sources 328 Demographics 328 Delivery and Financing 328 Health Professions 329 Vital and Health 329 Economics and Financing 329 Legal and Regulatory 329 Directories 330 Health Facilities 330 Organizations, Associations, and Agencies 330 Page xii 11 The Health Care Systemcontinued 330 Sources of Additional Informationcontinued 330 Education and Training 330 Health Care Companies 330 Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) and Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs) 330 Periodicals 331 Organizations 333 Nongovernmental Organizations 333 Government Organizations and Agencies 335 Useful Library of Congress Subject Headings 336 12 Changing Family Structures 337 Major Trends and Social Forces Impacting Family Life 339 American Families in the 1990s 342 The Future of the American Family 343 Contemporary Family Patterns 345 Issues for Families in the 1990s and Beyond 351 Summary of Issues and Trends 353 References 354 Sources of Additional Information 362 Bibliographies 362 Juvenile Literature 362 Nonprint Materials 363 Resources for Families 363 Indexes/Databases 364 Periodicals 365 Organizations 366 Useful Library of Congress Subject Headings 366 Index 367 Page xiii Contributing Authors Christine Avery Business Reference Librarian The Pennsylvania State University Adele Bane Librarian The Pennsylvania State University, Great Valley campus Debora Cheney Head of the Documents/Maps The Pennsylvania State University Libraries Kevin R.

Page 9 The Age Gap In 1992 the National Council on the Aging reported that there were over 31 million Americans over age 65. More than one in five working adults provided some care for an elderly relative, usually a parent or parent-in-law, and lost on average one week's work per year, according to social welfare researcher Andrew Scharlach at the University of California, Berkeley. The average age of caregivers was 50 years old (Aburdene & Naisbitt, 1992, p. 238). For most middle-class Americans, the dilemma of how to prepare for old age has become a threatening experience.

Page vii Contents Contributing Authors xiii Acknowledgments xiii Introduction xv 1 Polarity 1 Roots of Polarity 2 Changing Demographics 3 Population Diversity 4 Immigration Trends 6 The Age Gap 9 Concentration of Wealth 10 Role Changes Within the Family 10 Technonationalism 11 Knowledge Needs 12 Multiculturalism Movement 14 Environments at Risk 14 Gender Issues 15 Gay and Lesbian Issues 18 The Arbiters of Polarity 19 References 21 Sources of Additional Information 26 Indexes/Databases 26 Useful Library of Congress Subject Headings 27 2 The Government's Role in "Bridging the Gap" 29 What Is Public or Social Policy?

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