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1. Stanfield, Rochelle L.
Valuing the Family
National Journal, 24,27, (July 4, 1992): 1562-1566
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79, NLSY79
Publisher: Government Research Corporation
Keyword(s): Divorce; Fathers, Absence; Household Structure; Maternal Employment; Parents, Single; Poverty; Remarriage; Transfers, Financial

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Working mothers and absent fathers, have altered the traditional portrait of the American family. Increasing concern for children is driving a search for policies to confront the new realities of the family. Remarriage has been touted as a good solution to the divorce problem, particularly for the poor. "Marriage is the single greatest escape route from poverty for welfare recipients -- more than work, more than transfer payments," the Family Research Council's Mattox said. But remarriage often isn't the best solution for the children involved. McLanahan has been investigating the effects of remarriage on children, "and I have been quite surprised to find that there are very consistent negative effects that really show up for kids in remarried households," she said. That is also one of several counterintuitive findings reported by Ohio State University research scientist Frank L. Mott, who has analyzed results of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, a massive survey of youngsters from all types of family situations that has followed the same respondents since 1979. Mott has found, for example, that young black fathers -- who in most cases were never married to their children's mothers -- frequently live within a mile of their children and visit them frequently. Young white fathers, who are more likely to have been divorced, are less likely to visit. However, young white mothers are more likely to have acquired a new husband or live-in boyfriend. Mott is not convinced that the conventional assumptions about the negative impact on children of divorce or being reared in single-parent households will be upheld by his analysis. "More often than not, I don't find effects," Mott said. Acknowledging that his findings "would be quite controversial," he said, "I'm still working on it slowly and have not tried to publish yet."
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Stanfield, Rochelle L. "Valuing the Family." National Journal, 24,27, (July 4, 1992): 1562-1566.