Attitudes toward individual freedom also changed during the s. Overall, McLanahan and her colleagues have examined six nationally representative data sets, containing over 25, children. This absolute loss in earnings particularly discouraged marriage by some low-skilled men who were no longer able to fulfill their breadwinner role.
In our study, we found that family disruption has the most harmful effects among Hispanics and least among blacks. Local governments and community organizations could also be doing more.
The costs of raising children must be distributed more equally between men and women and between parents and nonparents. Besides holding nonresident parents responsible for child support, resident parents should be responsible for raising their children and contributing to their economic support.
Sincedivorce and single parenthood have grown among women with a college education, who are not likely to be motivated by the promise of a welfare check.
A better way to encourage marriage is to make sure that parents -- especially poor parents -- are not penalized when they do get married. Nearly all the Western European countries have much more generous payments for single mothers than the U.
In some parts of the country, welfare may provide poor women with more economic security than marriage does. Unfortunately, we cannot rule out the possibility that the gap stems from some unmeasured difference between one- and two-parent families, such as alcoholism, child abuse, or parental indifference.