Should Government Promote Healthy Marriages?

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Should Government Promote Healthy Marriages?

May 31, 2002

Marriage reduces poverty, but government programs promoting healthy marriages remain to be tested. The author recommends requiring states to target TANF funds used for marriage promotion programs to low-income individuals; supporting a range of strategies that integrate marriage initiatives into well-established, family-related initiatives; and planning an overall strategy and designing well-defined, targeted projects that assess which approaches best promote stable, healthy marriages.

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