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.

Increasing Marriage Would Dramatically Reduce Child Poverty

Increasing Marriage Would Dramatically Reduce Child Poverty

Increasing marriage would dramatically reduce child poverty

In 2001, 1.35 million children were born outside marriage in the United States. This represents 33.5% of all children born in the United States in that year. Children raised by never-married mothers are seven times more likely to be poor when compared with children raised in intact married families. The obvious nexus between single-parent families and child poverty has led President George W. Bush to propose a new trial program aimed at increasing child well-being and reducing child poverty by promoting healthy marriage.

Critics have rejected President Bush's proposal as illogical. They argue that increasing marriage would not significantly reduce child poverty for two reasons: first, there is a substantial shortage of suitable males ...

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