ERIC Number: ED379395
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
An American Family Myth: Every Child at Risk.
Nunez, Ralph da Costa
A study on family structure and values among the poorest of all welfare recipients, homeless families found that not only has the traditional family structure broken down, but that there are stark contradictions between the reality of the lives of homeless women and the values they hold. The traditional family may actually be obsolete for this population. One finding is paramount, however, and that is that education is a strong predictor of the stability of family structure and of a family's ability to rise out of poverty and become independent. It will be useless to attempt to instill values through placement of children in orphanages or by placing financial sanctions on single mothers. Instead, it is important to develop viable policy options that enable families to stay intact and become self-sufficient. The reality is that poor single mothers still want to live independently and responsibly for their children. Education is the key to escaping welfare. The American Family Inns concept is endorsed as a way to keep families together and provide education for mothers and their children. Two figures and one table illustrate the discussion. Contains three references. (SLD)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Children, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Structure, Homeless People, Low Income Groups, One Parent Family, Predictor Variables, Social Problems, Social Services, Social Structure, Urban Problems, Values, Welfare Recipients
Homes for the Homeless, 36 Cooper Square, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10003.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Homes for the Homeless, Inc., New York, NY.