Fragile Families and the Marriage Agenda / Edition 1

Fragile Families and the Marriage Agenda / Edition 1

by Lori Kowaleski-Jones, Nicholas Wolfinger
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0387681728

ISBN-13: 9780387681726

Pub. Date: 07/11/2007

Publisher: Springer US

Many people see government involvement in family policy as a response to popular concerns that the American family is in a state of crisis. One of the primary concerns with “fragile” families (one parent – usually mother) is economic: Poverty rates for single mothers are several times that of two-parent families. Economic deprivation while

Overview

Many people see government involvement in family policy as a response to popular concerns that the American family is in a state of crisis. One of the primary concerns with “fragile” families (one parent – usually mother) is economic: Poverty rates for single mothers are several times that of two-parent families. Economic deprivation while growing up has been linked to poor physical health, reduced intellectual ability and academic achievement.

Some social sciences contend that marriage is the solution to many of the problems associated with single-parent families. Other experts believe that government programs designed to raise marriage rates may cause more problems than they solve (i.e. domestic violence, divorce, etc.).

The proposed volume will explore issues related to fragile families from many different perspectives on the causes and consequences of this issue. This book is divided up into sections covering legal and theoretical perspectives, causes and consequences of offspring wellbeing, and the aspect of father’s importance to the “fragile families”.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387681726
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
07/11/2007
Edition description:
1st ed. 2006. 2nd printing 2007
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Fragile Families and the Marriage Agenda.- Marrying for America.- Teen Childbearing and Public Policy.- Fragile Families and Family Law.- Family Structure and Child Well-Being.- Shifting Fortunes in a Changing Economy.- Family Structure and Adolescent Labor Market Participation.- Maybe Someday.- Fatherhood as a Transformative Process.

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