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Author: Brown, Sarah Ann
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1. Brown, Sarah Ann
Potential Effect of Welfare Reform Policies on Promoting Responsible Young Fatherhood
Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California - Berkeley, 1995.
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: UMI - University Microfilms, Bell and Howell Information and Learning
Keyword(s): Child Support; Fatherhood; Modeling; Modeling, Probit; Mothers, Adolescent; Simultaneity; Welfare; Well-Being

Every social policy has its stockholders. Not the least of these stockholders are the individuals which the policy is intended to serve or affect. Yet all too often policies are implemented without being grounded in a theoretical understanding of the target population Research findings rarely seem to influence the process of policy development. As a result, these policies can have unintended consequences. While social policy is intended to promote well-being, uninformed policy can actually disrupt the lives of those it affects. This study employs a two-tiered, prospective approach to policy analysis which addresses the potential effect of recent child support policies on young unwed fathers of children born to teenage mothers. The analysis makes use of both theory and empirical research and is prospective insofar as it examines the potential effects of a policy not yet fully implemented. A review of the literature of developmental theory elucidates the developmental "double blind" created by the simultaneous transitions to parenthood and adulthood. which may affect young fathers' abilities to meet the responsibility of parenthood. Then, an analysis of the predictors of young unwed fathers' social and financial involvement with their children beyond two years, when many fathers' involvement begins to wane, is carried out using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY). This analysis examines the inter-relationship between the payment of child support and visitation at two points in time (shortly following birth and two years later). Statistical analysis was conducted using probit and tobit methods. Results indicate that young fathers who are involved with their children voluntarily sustain both their visitation and child support provision over time. In the concluding analysis, the efficacy of the policies and implementation strategies being used by the states to bring child support enforcement programs into compliance with the F SA and 1993 ORRA is considered. Recommendations are made for making paternity establishment and child support enforcement policies more supportive to the needs of this younger population. Policies need to support responsible young fatherhood in the broadest sense, both social and financial responsibility, and should offer young men an opportunity to be successful in their role as fathers.
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Brown, Sarah Ann. Potential Effect of Welfare Reform Policies on Promoting Responsible Young Fatherhood. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California - Berkeley, 1995..