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Raising ChildrenEmerging Needs, Modern Risks, and Social Responses$
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Jill Duerr Berrick and Neil Gilbert

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310122

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310122.001.0001

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Framing Public Intervention with Respect to Children as Parent-Empowering

Framing Public Intervention with Respect to Children as Parent-Empowering

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(p.151) 7 Framing Public Intervention with Respect to Children as Parent-Empowering
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Raising Children
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Stephen D. Sugarman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310122.003.0007

Social policies that effect children are often seen as measures that diminish parental authority. This chapter explains how planners might increase public support for social policies by framing interventions — such as forbidding the sale of cigarettes to minors, curfew laws, and the fluoridation of drinking water — as measures that actually extend parental power and authority to deal with external forces by providing resources, information, and regulations. Applying this perspective to more controversial issues, the chapter analyzes how parents are empowered by social policies designed to promote school choice through educational vouchers and to combat childhood obesity by, for example, limiting advertising of unhealthy foods.

Keywords:   parent-empowering, vouchers, fluoride, curfews, childhood obesity, social policies, educational vouchers

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