Researchers investigated the role of partners and spouses in the decision-making processes of social service clients through direct observation of clients' interactions with their partners/spouses.
Direct observations of low-income couples showed that whether married or unmarried, low-income individuals in couple relationships affect each other's decision-making behavior in ways similar to those in married, middle-class families. The observed influence of partners may extend to program-related decisions such as take-up, participation, and behavior change.
Report Title: Exploring the Role of Partners and Spouses in the Decisions of Social Service Clients
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Seth Chamberlain, 202-260-2242
Performer: Mathematica Policy Research
Record ID: 9831 (Report completed December 15, 2010)