From Child Welfare to Child Well-Being

An International Perspective on Knowledge in the Service of Policy Making

  • Sheila B. Kamerman
  • Shelley Phipps
  • Asher Ben-Arieh

Part of the Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research book series (CHIR, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. Opening Chapters

  3. Child Welfare

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Brenda G. McGowan
      Pages 25-47
    3. Barbara Fallon, Nico Trocmé, John Fluke, Bruce MacLaurin, Lil Tonmyr, Ying-Ying Yuan
      Pages 65-80
    4. Claudia J. Coulton, Robert L. Fischer
      Pages 101-116
  4. Theoretical Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Edmund Bruyere, James Garbarino
      Pages 137-154
    3. Lawrence Aber, Juliette Berg, Erin Godfrey, Catalina Torrente
      Pages 189-215
    4. Peter Burton, Shelley Phipps
      Pages 217-228
  5. Economic Support

  6. Issues in ChildWell-Being

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 369-369
    2. Peter Moss
      Pages 371-384
    3. Dominic Richardson
      Pages 403-426
  7. Conclusion

About this book


This unique and impressive collection is an outstanding tribute to Al Kahn, one of the most influential researchers on child welfare in the 20th century.

The book provides an exceptional opportunity to "experience" the history of the past 50 years of child welfare as well as its current status and future. It takes the reader through the movement, from a deficit-oriented policy to a developmental model, from a targeted and selective strategy to a universal approach, and from child welfare to child well-being. Written by renowned experts, the chapters are organized into five clusters. The first one includes Al Kahn’s last written contribution to the field and looks at how children and families have changed over time as has the research on their well-being. The next two clusters focus on the traditional child welfare system and on different theoretical perspectives. The fourth and fifth clusters focus on economic support for child and family well-being and a discussion of current child well- being issues.


Child Benefit Package Child Maltreatment Child Policy Child Support Child Welfare Child Well-Being Child development Childhood Education Children Rights Social Services for Child development early childhood early childhood education education

Editors and affiliations

  • Sheila B. Kamerman
    • 1
  • Shelley Phipps
    • 2
  • Asher Ben-Arieh
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Social WorkColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Dept. EconomicsDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada
  3. 3.Hebrew University of Jerusalem Paul Baerwald School of Social Work & Social Welfare Giv’at RamJerusalemIsrael

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