Faith-Based Versus Secular Support for Fragile Families: Parent Education in the Rural South
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The first stop on our tour of the service provision landscape in post-welfare America is rural Mississippi. In many respects, Mississippi is an ideal state in which to begin our investigation. Mississippi has long been known for its inordinately high poverty rate and its large proportion of female-headed families. Mississippi, sometimes referred to as the buckle of the Bible Belt, is also one of the most religious states in the country. The dominant faith traditions in Mississippi are those of the conservative Protestant variety, including denominations often described as fundamentalist such as Baptists. Pentecostals such as Church of God in Christ are also well represented. United Methodists, the primary mainline Protestant denomination in the state, enjoy a significant share of the religious market as well, although Mississippi Methodists are generally more conservative than their methodists in other parts of the country.
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