ERIC Number: ED383446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Marriage in America: A Report to the Nation.
Institute for American Values, New York, NY.
This report discusses the increasing incidence of divorce and unwed parenthood in the United States, arguing that the "divorce revolution" of the last several decades has created terrible hardships for children, generated poverty within families, and burdened the nation with unsupportable social costs. It calls for a fundamental shift in cultural values and public policy that: (1) reclaims the ideal of marital permanence and affirms marriage as the preeminent environment for childbearing; (2) decides unequivocally that out-of-wedlock childbearing is wrong, that the divorce rate is too high, and that every child deserves a father; (3) resolves in the next generation to increase the proportion of children who grow up with their two married parents and decrease the proportion who do not; and (4) resolves in the next generation to increase the time that parents spend raising their children, with married couples aiming for an overall commitment to paid employment that does not exceed 60 hours per week. It provides specific actions that clergy, civic leaders, employers, social workers, health care professionals, legislators, and the entertainment industry can take to advance these goals. (Contains 35 references.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Advocacy, Child Health, Divorce, Employed Parents, Marital Instability, Marriage, Moral Values, Poverty, Social Action, Social Attitudes, Social Problems, Unwed Mothers, Values Education
Institute for American Values, 1841 Broadway, Suite 211, New York, NY 10023 ($10; discount on quantity orders).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Donner (William H.) Foundation.; J.M. Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Institute for American Values, New York, NY.
Note: Color illustrations by children may not copy clearly. Prepared by the Council on Families in America, which is sponsored by the Institute for American Values.