Rural Families in the U.S.: Theory, Research, and Policy

  • Matthew M. BrooksEmail author
  • Sabrina T. Voltaire
Part of the National Symposium on Family Issues book series (NSFI, volume 10)


Families in the rural United States face a number of unique social and economic challenges. Although researchers may have explored these problems in other contexts, how they influence family life is relatively understudied. Research regarding rural families and communities is confronted with data limitation issues that must be remedied by changes to existing social science data sources, as well as development of new rural-focused data sets. There is also a lack of rural-specific theoretical frameworks for scholars to employ. Finally, policies at all levels of government must be evaluated for the impact on the rural population, especially in light of ever-changing social and economic conditions.


Rural counties Rural-focused data Rural-specific theoretical Research on rural US Aging in place Rural United States Data limitation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Penn StateUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.Penn StateUniversity ParkUSA

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