What We Know About Unmarried Parents: Implications for Building Strong Families programs.

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Page Count
8
Year Published
2005
Author (Individual)
Carlson, Marcia.
McLanahan, Sara.
England, Paula.
Devaney, Barbara.
Author (Organization)
Mathematica Policy Research
Building Strong Families (Project)
United States. Administration for Children and Families.
Resource Type
Brief
Resource Format
PDF
Resource Language
English
The Building Strong Families (BSF) project aims to foster the development of programs designed to enhance children's well being by helping new, unmarried parents build stronger relationships and achieve a healthy marriage if they so choose. The motivation and design of BSF programs draw heavily on findings about unmarried parents from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. This research brief summarizes information from that study about the characteristics and relationship patterns of unwed parents. While not representative of all unwed parents, the study sample is representative of unwed parents in large urban centers and, as such, the findings can help state and local agencies and other groups designing BSF programs gain a better understanding of the characteristics and circumstances of the target population. (Author abstract)

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