ERIC Number: ED311111
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Time of Transition: The Growth of Families Headed by Women.
Ross, Heather L.; Sawhill, Isabel V.
Single parent families, usually headed by women, are transitional in two important senses: they frequently represent a transitional stage between marriages; and they are a symptom of the transition from a "distributive" family structure, in which a man provides resources for financially dependent women and children, to a form characterized by less specialized marital roles and more equal sharing of the physical care and financial support of children. This book examines the social and public policy implications of these changes. It is divided into seven chapters. Chapter 1, "Introduction," provides reasons for research and explanations for change. Chapter 2, "Families Headed by Women: Their Growth and Changing Composition," explores recent trends and family demography. Chapter 3,"Marital Instability," examines marriage from psychological, economic, and social perspectives. Chapter 4, "Race and Family Structure," discusses racial family differences and recent trends in female headedness among black families. Chapter 5, "Welfare and Female-Headed Families," examines the roles of eligibility, benefits, and incentives. Chapter 6, "What Happens to Children in Female-Headed Families?" evaluates existing knowledge and explores negative consequences for children. Chapter 7, "The Family in Transition," sums up the book's themes and suggests new directions for research and public policy. A bibliography is appended to each chapter. The book includes six appendices providing various types of statistical analysis, 50 statistical tables, and four figures. An author and subject index is included. (AF)
Descriptors: Black Family, Child Support, Family Financial Resources, Family (Sociological Unit), Family Structure, Fatherless Family, Females, Heads of Households, Marriage, One Parent Family, Public Policy, Racial Differences, Sex Role, Social Change, Social Problems, Welfare Services
The Urban Institute, 2100 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037 ($9.00 paperback--ISBN-0-87766-148-0; $18.85 hardcover--ISBN-0-87766-149-9).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.