Living in the war zone: mothers and young children in a public housing development

Child Welfare. Jan-Feb 1989;68(1):3-20.


This paper explores how mothers who live in two Chicago neighborhoods share the possibility of real danger with their preschool children. A structured interview was conducted with 20 mothers: ten who live in a high-rise public housing development and ten residents of a nearby community. The initial findings raise critical questions for those concerned with mental health issues in child development.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Awareness
  • Chicago
  • Child Development*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dangerous Behavior
  • Environment
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Public Housing*
  • Warfare