Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, Noon
The Emerging Prevalence of Fragile Families
Unmarried couples with children are a rapidly growing norm. These out of wedlock birth increases are not due primarily to increases in teen pregnancy. While teen pregnancy is a problem, the growth is occurring among older persons, mostly from less educated and lower income young adults. These fragile parental relationships have a high rate of separation. This separation creates many serious risks to children. The increase in the number of fragile families has given us pause to think about what policies and services are needed. Kathy Edin will discuss this trend and her findings on why couples are choosing not to marry.
Dr. Kathy Edin
About the Speaker:
Dr. Kathy Edin is a Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Edin’s research focuses on urban poverty and family life, social welfare, housing policy, child support, non-marital childbearing and the economic lives of the poor. Some of her recent publications include “Unmarried Couples with Children,” “Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage.”
Edin’s current projects include in-depth qualitative studies of earned income tax credit allocations among low- and moderate-income families in three cities, the Moving to Opportunity and Gautreaux housing mobility programs, which offer special vouchers to allow public housing residents in a variety of U.S. cities the opportunity to move to low poverty neighborhoods. Edin received her master of arts and Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University and bachelor of arts from North Park University in Chicago.