Fragile Families and the Marriage Agenda

  • Lori Kowaleski-Jones
  • Nicholas H. Wolfinger

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

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