The Handbook of Families and Poverty covers hotly debated issues associated with public policy and funded research as they relate to families and poverty. Contributors, bringing multiple perspectives to bear, aim to show alternatives to welfare in subgroups facing specific challenges that are currently not adequately addressed by the welfare system.  Readers will appreciate the insightful summaries of research involving poverty and its relationship to couple, marital, and family dynamics.

Federal Policy Efforts to Improve Outcomes among Disadvantaged Families by Supporting Marriage and Family Stability

Federal Policy Efforts to Improve Outcomes among Disadvantaged Families by Supporting Marriage and Family Stability

Federal policy efforts to improve outcomes among disadvantaged families by supporting marriage and family stability

There is broad consensus that family structure is inextricably linked with poverty and the well-being of children. These factors go hand-in-hand so often that it becomes difficult to disentangle how they relate to one another. For example, does the relationship between single parenting and low income mean that rearing children without a partner is likely to lead to poverty, or is poverty itself likely to lead to single-parent family structures? Does the influence flow in both directions? Regardless of the direction of the association between income and family structure, studies show that children who grow up ...

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