Dwayne A. Baker, Arizona State
University John Huttsman,
Arizona State University Barry
Garst, Arizona State University
Youth living in inner city environments are constantly bombarded with negative influences such as violent crime, child abuse, and drugs. Poverty underlies many of these negative influences. As a result, many of the inner-city youth grow up feeling helpless to change their circumstance and hopelessness with regard to future prospects. The challenge for community agencies is to find ways to help ameliorate the impact of these negative influences (risk factors) by identifying programs and program elements which can either overcome specific risks or protect children and families from the negative consequences of growing up in high risk environments.
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