Issue Brief

No. 770

Promoting Marriage as Welfare Policy: Looking at a Public Role in Private Lives
February 15, 2002

Author

Jane Koppelman, Consultant

Summary

This issue brief discusses the interest in and politics surrounding government's using welfare reform legislation to carve out a stronger role in promoting marriage. It examines trends in family formation, their impact on society, and the effect of single parenting, divorce, and stepparenting on child well-being. The paper also looks at the treatment of marriage in current government programs, new state activities to promote marriage, proposals for a stronger government role, and marriage experts' expectations for the success of marriage education programs.

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