Successful parenting in high-risk neighborhoods

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Impoverished inner-city neighborhoods in the United States are threatening contexts for the development of youngsters during middle childhood and adolescence. Nevertheless, some African-American families living in such neighborhoods succeed in protecting their children from the risks of 'the streets' and launch them on paths toward achievement. Using quotes and ethnographic material from many studies, this article illustrates some of the parenting strategies that help inner-city African-American youths to overcome risks and achieve success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-50
Number of pages6
JournalFuture of Children
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1999


  • neighborhoods
  • parents
  • adolescents
  • parenting
  • children
  • African Americans
  • communities
  • learning strategies
  • mothers
  • ethnography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)
  • General Health Professions
  • General Social Sciences


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