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Fragile Families and the Marriage Agenda

  • Lori Kowaleski-Jones
  • Nicholas H. Wolfinger
  • Offers timely research about one of the most important public policy initiatives related to family well-being in recent years

  • Poised at the edge of an important and uncharted policy experiment, this book sheds light on the debate about family policies’ ultimate effects on family well-being

  • Offers sound scientific knowledge and reasoned review of the information that should guide policy activity in this important area

  • Offers both theoretical and empirical perspectives on fragile families from many different disciplines, including sociology, psychology, family studies, legal studies, and policy studies


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Sara S. McLanahan
    Pages 1-21
  3. Dawne Moon, Jaye Cee Whitehead
    Pages 23-45
  4. Brent C. Miller, Rayna A. Sage, Bryan Winward
    Pages 47-72
  5. Lynn D. Wardle
    Pages 73-106
  6. Rachel Dunifon, Lori Kowaleski-Jones
    Pages 107-125
  7. Matthew McKeever, Nicholas H. Wolfinger
    Pages 127-157
  8. Mikaela J. Dufur, Kelly P. Troutman
    Pages 159-187
  9. Renata Forste
    Pages 189-209
  10. Paul Florsheim, Le Q. Ngu
    Pages 211-232
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 233-238

About this book


Many people see government involvement in family policy as a response to popular concerns that the American family is in a state of crisis. One of the primary concerns with "fragile" families (one parent – usually mother) is economic: Poverty rates for single mothers are several times that of two-parent families. Economic deprivation while growing up has been linked to poor physical health, reduced intellectual ability and academic achievement.

Some social sciences contend that marriage is the solution to many of the problems associated with single-parent families. Other experts believe that government programs designed to raise marriage rates may cause more problems than they solve (i.e. domestic violence, divorce, etc.).

The proposed volume will explore issues related to fragile families from many different perspectives on the causes and consequences of this issue. This book is divided up into sections covering legal and theoretical perspectives, causes and consequences of offspring wellbeing, and the aspect of father’s importance to the "fragile families".


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Editors and affiliations

  • Lori Kowaleski-Jones
    • 1
  • Nicholas H. Wolfinger
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Family and Consumer StudiesUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Fragile Families and the Marriage Agenda
  • Editors Lori Kowaleski-Jones
    Nicholas Wolfinger
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-25884-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-387-68172-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-387-26025-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 238
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology, general
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