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Author: Mason, Susan E.
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1. Caputo, Richard K.
Mason, Susan E.
The Role of Intact Family Childhood on Women's Earnings Capacity: Implications for Evidence-Based Practices
Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work 6,3 (July 2009): 244-255.
Cohort(s): Young Women
Publisher: Routledge ==> Taylor & Francis (1998)
Keyword(s): Childhood; Children, Home Environment; Divorce; Educational Attainment; Families, Two-Parent; Family Structure; Marriage; Well-Being

This article examines the complexities of working with an evidence-based model to design intervention strategies benefiting individuals and families. It addresses the question, to what extent should the evidence of economic advantage for female children raised in two-parent families influence social work support for practices and policies that encourage marriage? The article reviews current research findings indicating benefits of two-parent families on children's well-being and contemporary policy prescriptions promoting marriage. It presents findings of the authors' study which considers the effects of being raised in an intact family on the economic future of young women. The evidence presented in the literature and found in our own study suggests that promotion of marriage may be a sound intervention strategy for parents interested in the economic advantages for their children later in life. For others, it may be the wrong choice based on women's personal circumstances. The association between early family structure and future well-being is further complicated by large gaps in the data on cultural and family diversity. Suggestions for social work practice are based on the synthesis of the evidence-based model and the values of the profession.
Bibliography Citation
Caputo, Richard K. and Susan E. Mason. "The Role of Intact Family Childhood on Women's Earnings Capacity: Implications for Evidence-Based Practices." Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work 6,3 (July 2009): 244-255.
2. Mason, Susan E.
Caputo, Richard K.
Marriage and Women's Earnings from Work
Journal of Policy Practice 5,1 (2006): 31-47.
Cohort(s): Young Women
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Keyword(s): Earnings; Earnings, Wives; Income; Marital Stability; Marriage; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); Wages, Women

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Marital status and earnings from work for women are studied using the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS), Young Women's Cohort. The study focuses on how being continuously married affects the earnings of women from young adulthood through their pre-retirement years. Earnings from work are measured by average annual wages between 1968 and 1999. Bivariate findings suggest that marriage and family are associated with lessening the wage-earning potential of women over the life course but multivariate analysis shows no effect beyond that of other measures accounted for in the study. Education and number of hours worked are positively related to earnings outcomes and the number of dependents has a negative effect. Policy makers who are calling for an increase in marriage-promoting activities for TANF recipients are using marriage as a primary solution for eliminating poverty and thereby ignoring real ways to help women earn more for themselves and their families. The use of TANF funds for encouraging marriage in general is also of questionable economic advantage to non-welfare women.
Bibliography Citation
Mason, Susan E. and Richard K. Caputo. "Marriage and Women's Earnings from Work." Journal of Policy Practice 5,1 (2006): 31-47.