Brief Should Government Promote Healthy Marriages?
Robert I. Lerman
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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.
Research Areas Families Social safety net
Tags Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Economic well-being Family structure