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The proportion of children living in households headed by single women is more than one in five. There is concern (and some evidence) that children of single parents are less likely to be successful adults. The book discusses the trends in public debate about this problem. In particular, it examines the issue of providing public assistance to such families and whether doing so fosters long-term welfare dependency.
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A valuable, sophisticated, and provocative book that should become required reading for everyone interested or involved in human services. (CHOICE)
...essential reading for all who are interested in single-parent families and potential policy choices to meet their needs. It is thoughtful, scholarly, and includes important current information.... (Families In Society:S Journal Of Contemporary Social Sciences)
Indispensable to us in our welfare reform efforts, just as the works of the Urban Institute are sine qua non reference sources for scholars and policymakers everywhere. (Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senate Families In Society:S Journal Of Contemporary Social Sciences)
...thoughtful, documented study...Recommended for professionals and academics. (Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senate Library Journal)
This thoughtful, documented study finds that 45 percent of white and an "astounding 87%" of black children in the United States live in mother-only families; approximately one half of these are at or below the government-defined poverty level. Studies have shown significant correlations between low educational, economic, and social achievement and children raised in low-income, single-adult homes. The question here is how and what government-sponsored policies might improve the economic status, hence potential quality of life of these families without perpetuating or fomenting an increase in their prevalence. Child/adult allowances, work relief, enforceable noncustodial parent support programs are suggested. Recommended for professionals and academics. Suzanne W. Wood, SUNY Agricultural & Technical Coll. Lib., Alfred
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Book Description Urban Institute Press, 1986. Hardcover. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0877664056