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Dec/Jan 2006Vol. 6, No. 10Marriage and Child Well-Being

Marriage and its impact on child well-being are the focus of the fall 2005 issue of The Future of Children. In this special issue, leading scholars address such issues as:

  • The impact of social and economic developments on marriage, and consequences of these trends
  • Barriers to marriage among low-income populations
  • Healthy marriage programs
  • The marriage penalty for some families with children

The articles confirm that children benefit from growing up in a family with two married biological parents and that government could actively encourage two-parent families. Two public policies appear to be especially promising: improving economic conditions of low-income two-parent families and supporting marriage enhancement programs that are tailored to the needs of low-income parents.

The Future of Children is published by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution and is available at