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Proposing Prosperity?: Marriage Education Policy and Inequality in America

Jennifer M. Randles


"Fragile families"—unmarried parents who struggle emotionally and financially—are one of the primary targets of the Healthy Marriage Initiative, a federal policy that has funded marriage education programs in nearly every state. These programs, which encourage marriage by teaching relationship skills, are predicated on the hope that married couples can provide a more emotionally and financially stable home for their children. Healthy marriage policy promotes a pro-marriage culture in which two-parent married families are considered the healthiest. It also assumes that marriage can be a socioec ... More

Keywords: family, marriage, inequality, gender, policy, welfare, poverty, qualitative methods

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231170307
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231170307.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer M. Randles, author
California State University, Fresno