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Health Problems Of Children And The Moral Resolve Of Adults

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Children at Risk is a theme of modern American life, a set of claims that children's behavior in the areas of drug use, diet, and sex are not merely potential health threats to some children but real pathologies to all. This chapter argues that the health problems of children are, by and large, moral problems of adults. The rhetoric of Children at Risk arises from a failure in the moral realm, a flagging of what we might call moral resolve. And it is not risky behavior on the part of children that really underlies the claim that they are in danger, but rather moral irresolution on the part of adults-or, at least, adults' incapacity to fix our regard on real-world circumstances that are morally challenging and then translate our sense of what is right into clear guidelines for judgment.

Keywords:diet; drug use; health problems of children; modern American life; moral resolve of adults; sex



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