ERIC Number: ED174875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
The Development of Family Policy in Canada.
Abernathy, Thomas J., Jr.
Understanding the family life behavior of any society requires understanding its family policy. This involves knowing the history of that policy, what it was intended to accomplish, how it was put into practice, and its consequences. The relationship between family policy and behavior was investigated by examining the experience of Canadian law with regard to marriage, bigamy, child neglect, birth control, abortion and family allowances. It shows that policy may be designed to accomplish a variety of purposes, and that the effects are not always what might have been expected. Discrepancies between policy and societal attitudes and behaviors result from difficulty in: (1) determining whether policy is formed from law or from general usage; (2) identifing reasons for the creation, maintenance, and change of that policy; and (3) realistically expecting legislation to be a major influence on family life behaviors. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 19-22, 1978)