Rural Families and Work Overview

  • Jean W. Bauer
  • Elizabeth M. Dolan
Part of the International Series on Consumer Science book series (ISCS)


This chapter frames the book about rural families and work. In the United States, in order to balance the needs of both family and employment, rural low-income parents need resources, health, social support, child care, and sometimes creative strategies. In this chapter, a brief overview is presented of rural economic conditions and the characteristics of rural low-income families. The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, a.k.a. welfare reform, is described. The Rural Families Speak project (RFS) is introduced and demographics about the RFS employed participants and their families are presented. Finally, the organization of the book and the authors are highlighted.


Employment PRWORA Resources Rural economic conditions Rural families Rural Families Speak 



The authors would like to thank Laura Andrew, graduate student in family studies at the University of New Hampshire, for her assistance in gathering the information in the tables.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Family Social ScienceUniversity of MinnesotaSt.PaulUSA
  2. 2.Department of Family StudiesUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA

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