ERIC Number: ED447946
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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The Widening Gap: Why America's Working Families Are in Jeopardy and What Can Be Done about It.
This book examines the lives of America's working families from all social classes and ethnic groups and the familial obligations they must deal with, arguing that there is a widening gap between the demands of the workplace and the well-being of America's families. Chapter one provides an overview of the problems of longer work days, outdated social institutions, and inadequate public policies. Chapter two, "Predictably Unpredictable: The Lives of Working Americans," reports on a study of how workers are meeting family obligations. Chapter three, "Outdated Working Conditions and Inadequate Social Supports: The Impact on Children," details the impact of parental working conditions on children's educational outcomes. Chapter four, "Special Needs: The Experience of Particularly Vulnerable Children and Their Families," details the difficulties faced by working parents of special needs children. Chapter five, "Impact across the Life Span: Extended Family Fantasies and Realities," presents data on caregiving and the aging American population. Chapter six, "Economic Inequalities Magnified: Greater Strains, Fewer Resources," focuses on America's working poor. Chapter seven, "Gender Inequalities: At the Core Lies Our Failure To Address Working Families' Needs," focuses on working conditions for America's women. Chapter eight, "Society's Best Prospect: An Equal Chance for All Children and Adults," focuses on what must be done to meet the caregiving needs of the nation. (SD)
Descriptors: Adults, Change Strategies, Children, Dual Career Family, Elementary Secondary Education, Employed Parents, Employer Employee Relationship, Family Financial Resources, Family Income, Family Life, Family Needs, Family Problems, Family (Sociological Unit), Family Work Relationship, Labor Conditions, Well Being, Work Environment, Working Hours, Working Poor
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Publication Type: Books
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Identifiers - Location: United States