Social Policy for Children and Families: A Risk and Resilience Perspective

This site is intended to enhance your use of Social Policy for Children and Families, Third Editionby Jeffrey M. Jenson and Mark W. Fraser. Please note that all the materials on this site are especially geared toward maximizing your understanding of the material. 

The Third Edition of Jenson and Fraser’s award-winning text offers new evidence that a public health framework based on ecological theory and principles of risk, protection, and resilience is essential for the successful design and implementation of social policy. Written in a conversational, reader-friendly style and incorporating cutting-edge research, this carefully crafted book maps a pathway for developing resilience-based social policies. In every chapter, experts in their respective fields apply the editors’ conceptual model across the substantive domains of child and family poverty, child welfare, education, mental health, health, developmental disabilities, substance use, and juvenile justice. 

Recipient of the Best Edited Book Award from the Society for Research on Adolescence in 2008, the book is an ideal core text for graduate and upper level undergraduate courses and a vital resource for elected officials, policy makers, and others interested in the evolution of policies aimed at preventing problem behaviors and supporting children and families.


We gratefully acknowledge Jeffrey M. Jenson and Mark W. Fraser for writing an excellent text. Special thanks are also due to Lisa Caya of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for creating the ancillaries on this site.