Brief Marriage Promotion and the Living Arrangements of Black, Hispanic, and White Children
Laura Wherry, Kenneth Finegold
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This brief uses data from the 1997 and 2002 National Survey of America's Families to analyze racial and ethnic differences in children's living arrangements and the implications for federal and state marriage promotion policies. Black children are more likely than Hispanic or white children to live with a single parent and most black single parents have never been married. Most single parents of white children are divorced. Hispanic children are more likely than black or white children to live with unmarried cohabiting parents. Between 1997 and 2002, the share of children living with unmarried cohabiting parents rose among blacks, Hispanics, and whites, but the decline in the share of children living with single parents was significant among Hispanics only.
Research Areas Families Social safety net Race and equity Children and youth
Tags Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Family and household data Racial and ethnic disparities Family structure Economic well-being Racial segregation Race, gender, class, and ethnicity Sexual and reproductive health Racial barriers to accessing the safety net Latinx communities