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The Troubled American Family: Which Way Out of the Storm? (NIF Report)

This 1996 report assembled by Doble Research Associates focuses on results from forums examining the current state of the American family.  Find more details & order info on the NIF website.  From the report…

While the people who deliberated in the 1995-1996 forums on The Troubled American Family: Which Way Out of the Storm? agreed that the American family is in crisis, they did not view the issue in ideological or political terms. Rather, the focus of their concern was on the future of our children. Forum participants said that a host of social problems including youth violence, drug abuse, and teen pregnancy stem from the weakening or breakdown of the family and the erosion of family values. Parents should be held more accountable for their children’s actions, participants said. But they questioned how to do this without punishing those who have done their best.

More about National Issues Forums and their Reports on the Issues…

The National Issues Forums (NIF) network includes civic, educational, and other organizations, and individuals, whose common interest is to promote public deliberation in America. NIF issue guides introduce participants to several choices or approaches to consider. Rather than conforming to any single public proposal, each choice reflects widely held concerns and principles. Panels of experts review manuscripts to make sure the choices are presented accurately and fairly. Look through all the NIF issue guides and their corresponding moderator guides, DVDs, and other resources at www.nifi.org/issue_books.

Reports are published periodically to communicate the outcomes of forums held across the nation about a particular issue. Making use of participants’ answers to forum questionnaires, reports from moderators, and in-depth studies of selected forums, these reports describe in some detail what happened as people deliberated about the issue at hand. View all NIF Reports on the Issues at www.nifi.org/reports/issues.aspx.

Resource Link: www.nifi.org/reports/detail_issues.aspx?catID=17&itemID=780

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