ERIC Number: EJ899727
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
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Reference Count: 123
Marriage and Child Well-Being: Research and Policy Perspectives
Brown, Susan L.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v72 n5 p1059-1077 Oct 2010
Over the past decade, the linkages between marriage and child well-being have attracted the attention of researchers and policy makers alike. Children's living arrangements have become increasingly diverse and unstable, which raises important questions about how and why family structure and stability are related to child outcomes. This article reviews new research on this topic, emphasizing how it can inform policy debates about the role of marriage in reducing poverty and improving child outcomes. It also pays special attention to new scholarship on unmarried, primarily low-income families, the target of recent federal marriage initiatives, to appraise the potential contributions of family research to ongoing policy discussions.
Descriptors: Marriage, Children, Family Structure, Low Income Groups, Well Being, Child Welfare, Parent Influence, Family Environment, Public Policy
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