One in six American children live in poverty. One in six struggle with a developmental disability. An estimated 70 percent of American adults have experienced a traumatic event.
Despite the overwhelming prevalence of these circumstances, societal expectations and the country’s fragmented, under-resourced service systems make it nearly impossible for families experiencing hardship to keep up. In many cases, the system makes their situation worse.
In her book, Karen Zilberstein, Clinical Director of the Northampton, Massachusetts chapter of A Home Within, provides a candid look at how parents contending with poverty, illness, disability, or other constraints are expected to do so much with so little—and the price they and society pay.
Through the unforgettable portraits of six overburdened families, Parents Under Pressure shows how health crises can quickly devolve into the loss of jobs and homes, how public perceptions of poor people hamper the chances for a better life, and the ways in which race and income affect access to assistance. Judged by family, friends and professionals who question their abilities and choices, parents feel inadequate and drained, rather than supported.
Thanks to the Gazette and Steve Pfarrer for this review of Walking with Thoreau which launches next Friday, March 8, 7 pm at the Florence Civic Center. You can find the book now at Collective Copies Amherst and Florence and on line at www.levellerspress.com.
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Thanks to the Gazette and Steve Pfarrer for this review of Walking with Thoreau which launches next Friday, March 8, 7 pm at the Florence Civic Center. You can find the book now at Collective Copies Amherst and Florence and on line at... https://t.co/HPfIBBSB3u