ERIC Number: ED355035
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Investing in Families: A Historical Perspective. Hearing before the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families. House of Representatives, One Hundred Second Congress, Second Session (July 23, 1992).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families.
This hearing, chaired by Representative Patricia Schroeder, was held to examine historical trends in family structure and family values in light of the recent political debate over family values and their effect on poverty. Testimony and prepared statements were given by Representative Schroeder; Representative Gerry Sikorski; Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan; Dr. Allan Carlson of the Rockford Institute, Rockford, Illinois; and Professor Stephanie Coontz of Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington. Participants maintained that historical shifts in family composition challenge conventional wisdom, in that family disruption was common in colonial times and that family size has continually decreased. It was also maintained that government assistance has failed to keep up with changing needs, in that the federal government in the past provided more effective assistance to facilitate home ownership and support health care, education, and improved working conditions. Government programs that once reduced poverty have fallen short in the 1990s, due to the fact that the federal government has dedicated an increasingly smaller percentage of the budget to child and family programs. (MDM)
Descriptors: Family Programs, Family (Sociological Unit), Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Government Role, Hearings, Poverty, Social History, Social Services
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families.