This project examined the marriage and family formation decisions of low-income couples, including unmarried parents and those receiving public assistance. The principal activities of this project were to thoroughly review existing literature and major data sources (i.e., research literature, survey data sets, and program evaluation data or reports) in order to examine marriage and family formation research questions related to low-income populations that have been addressed or could be addressed using existing data, as well as those that are important, but unable to be answered because of data gaps or limitations. Key findings presented in the report includes a wide range of demographic, economic, socio- cultural, and psychological influences. The areas examined were: (1)Teen and Non-Marital Childbearing, (1) Transitions to Parenthood, (3) Effects of Cohabitation on Marriage, (4) The Surge of Low-Income Women Into Jobs, (5) Men’s Economic Status, (6) The Meaning of Marriage and Cohabitation, (7) Gender Role Expectations, (8) Interaction Processes, (9) Interpersonal Influences on Interaction, and (10) Contextual Influences on Interaction.
PIC ID: 8151
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Campbell, Nancye, 202-401-5760
Performer: Abt Associates Inc., Cambridge, MA