Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The role neighborhoods play in child development

George Galster, a Wayne State University professor of urban affairs, adds a third option to the typical nature versus nurture debate: the role of neighborhoods and communities in how children develop and assist or restrict later outcomes.   In the video "Do Neighborhoods Matter?" (also below), Galster explains how children are harmed by growing up in predominantly poor neighborhoods.   He also recommends ways to improve federal and state housing programs to avoid high concentrations of poverty.

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