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Managing to Make It: Urban Families and Adolescent Success
by Frank F. Furstenberg, Thomas D. Cook, Jacquelynne Eccles and Glen H. Elder Jr.
University of Chicago Press, 1999
Cloth: 978-0-226-27391-4 | Paper: 978-0-226-27393-8
Library of Congress Classification HQ796.M268 1999
Dewey Decimal Classification 649.1250974811

One of the myths about families in inner-city neighborhoods is that they are characterized by poor parenting. Sociologist Frank Furstenberg and his colleagues explode this and other misconceptions about success, parenting, and socioeconomic advantage in Managing to Make It. This unique study—the first in the MacArthur Foundation Studies on Successful Adolescent Development series—focuses on how and why youth are able to overcome social disadvantages.
Based on nearly 500 interviews and case studies of families in inner-city Philadelphia, Managing to Make It lays out in detail the creative means parents use to manage risks and opportunities in their communities. More importantly, it also depicts the strategies parents develop to steer their children away from risk and toward resources that foster positive development and lead to success.

"Indispensible to anyone concerned about breaking the cycle of poverty and helplessness among at-risk adolescents, this book has a readable, graphic style easily grasped by those unfamiliar with statistical techniques." —Library Journal

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