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Government “Healthy Marriage” programs should focus less on the benefits of marriage and more on helping couples to cope.

Randles, Jennifer M. (2017) Government “Healthy Marriage” programs should focus less on the benefits of marriage and more on helping couples to cope. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (14 Feb 2017). Website.

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Abstract

Since the early 2000s, the federal government has spent nearly $1 billion on the Healthy Marriage Initiative which has the aim of strengthening economic mobility via marriage. Jennifer M. Randles observed marriage education classes closely, interviewing participants and training as a marriage educator. She finds that while healthy marriage policy promotes the idea that marital commitment is a bulwark against poverty, those on low-incomes believe that marriage represents the culmination of prosperity – not a means of achieving it. She writes that relationship policies would likely be more useful if they focused less on the benefits of marriage and more on how economic stress can take an emotional toll on relationships.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science © CC BY-NC 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2017 13:58
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2020 23:14
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/69711

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