Repercussions of increased economic inequality and segregation on American children and youth

Rebekah Coley

Income inequality has risen dramatically in the US and many other industrialised countries in recent decades. This dispersion of family income has occurred alongside growing rates of poverty in suburban and small urban communities and increased economic segregation across neighborhoods and schools. Such shifts lead to questions concerning how the geography of disadvantage and economic segregation affect children and families. In this presentation Professor Coley will present data from a series of studies on children and adolescents in the US assessing how family, school, and community economic resources translate into processes which affect children’s academic success, psychosocial well-being, and successful transition to adulthood.

Rebekah Levine Coley, PhD, is Professor & Chair of Counseling, Developmental & Educational Psychology at Boston College, USA. She serves as co-Chair of the Policy and Communications committees of the Society for Research on Child Development and the Society for Research on Adolescence, and is a Partner Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course at the University of Queensland. Dr Coley was previously a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW.

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