Researchers studied how couples' interactions affected how they used services, such as those that sought to involve fathers, strengthen families, and improve children's outcomes.
Individuals in low-income couples—whether married or unmarried—affected each other's decisions. These patterns of influence may extend to the kinds of decisions that were central to the objectives of social services. The findings also revealed how self-reported survey measures of couple functioning may have reflected actual behavior of low-income couples.
Report Title: Exploratory Study of Decision-Making in Low-Income Couples: Technical Report
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Seth Chamberlain, 202-260-2242
Performer: Mathematica Policy Research
Record ID: 9832 (Report completed December 15, 2010)