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November/December 2001Vol. 2, No. 6Journal Devotes Issue to Marriage as a Child-Centered Institution

In addressing social issues such as child abuse and neglect, Federal policy makers are taking a look at the link between marriage and child well-being. Reflecting this emerging area of interest, the American Experiment Quarterly devoted its Summer 2001 issue to various perspectives on marriage and children in the United States.

In the introduction, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead and David Popenoe, co-directors of the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University noted that research indicates that children do best when they grow up with two married biological or adoptive parents; they also noted that married couples who fight can be detrimental to a child's well-being.

Along with discussing factors that have reshaped marriage, 16 contributing authors considered cultural or public policy changes that might strengthen marriage as an institution for rearing children. Wade F. Horn, Ph.D., the former president of the National Fatherhood Initiative and current U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Children and Families, contributed one of the essays. He wrote that society is reluctant to discuss the virtues of marriage and offered suggestions on promoting marriage more effectively.

Access a copy of the American Experiment Quarterly, volume 4, number 2, Summer 2001 online at:

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