New Report: Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing

Posted by on January 23, 2004

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) recently posted new publications on its website,

Who Are “Fragile Families” and What Do We Know About Them? by Mary Parke.

Nearly one-third of all births now occur to unmarried parents-creating what have been called “fragile families.” The term “fragile families” emphasizes both that these unmarried couples and their children are, in fact, families-and that they are at greater risk of poverty and of family dissolution than married families. This policy brief, the fourth in the CLASP Couples and Marriage Series, summarizes selected findings from two studies: (1) the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWB), the first national study of unmarried parents, their relationships to each other, and the well-being of their children, and (2) the Time, Love, Cash, Caring and Children Study (TLC3), a related ethnographic study of a sub-sample of romantically involved couples from FFCWB.

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