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Young Disadvantaged Men: Fathers, Families, Poverty, and Policy

Young Disadvantaged Men: Fathers, Families, Poverty, and Policy

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May 2011 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
By age 30, between 68 and 75 percent of young men in the United States, with only a high school degree or less, are fathers. This volume provides practical, policy-driven strategies to address the national epidemic of disadvantaged young fathers and the challenges they face in raising and supporting their children. National experts discuss the issues of immediate concern to those working to reconnect disengaged dads to their children and improve child and family economic and emotional well-being. Each chapter was presented at a working conference organized by Institute for Research on Poverty director, Tim Smeeding (University of Wisconsin–Madison), in coordination with the Columbia University School of Social Work's Center for Research on Fathers, Children, and Family Well-Being, directed by Ronald Mincy, and the Columbia Population Research Center, directed by Irwin Garfinkel. The conference brought together scholars, many in public policy, to examine strategies for reducing barriers to marriage and fathers' involvement, designing child support and other public policies to encourage the involvement of fathers, and addressing fathers who have multiple child support responsibilities. This volume will appeal to researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners dedicated to improving the lives of low-income families and children.

Timothy M. Smeeding, Irwin Garfinkel, and Ronald B. Mincy
Introduction: Young Disadvantaged Men: Fathers, Families, Poverty, and Policy
Andrew Sum, Ishwar Khatiwada, Joseph McLaughlin, and Sheila Palma
No Country for Young Men: Deteriorating Labor Market Prospects for Low-Skilled Men in the United States
Lawrence M. Berger and Callie Langton
Young Disadvantaged Men as Fathers
Laura Tach and Kathryn Edin
The Relationship Contexts of Young Disadvantaged Men
Marcia J. Carlson and Katherine A. Magnuson
Low-Income Fathers’ Influence on Children
Alford A. Young Jr.
Comment: Reactions from the Perspective of Culture and Low-Income Fatherhood
Devah Pager
Comment: Young Disadvantaged Men: Reactions from the Perspective of Race
Frank F. Furstenberg Jr.
Comment: How Do Low-Income Men and Fathers Matter for Children and Family Life?
Maria Cancian, Daniel R. Meyer, and Eunhee Han
Child Support: Responsible Fatherhood and the Quid Pro Quo
Carolyn J. Heinrich and Harry J. Holzer
Improving Education and Employment for Disadvantaged Young Men: Proven and Promising Strategies
Steven Raphael
Incarceration and Prisoner Reentry in the United States
Virginia Knox, Philip A. Cowan, Carolyn Pape Cowan, and Elana Bildner
Policies That Strengthen Fatherhood and Family Relationships: What Do We Know and What Do We Need to Know?
Ronald B. Mincy, Serena Klempin, and Heather Schmidt
Income Support Policies for Low-Income Men and Noncustodial Fathers: Tax and Transfer Programs

The material was too narrow for the course under consideration.

Professor Samuel Brown
Political Science , University of Baltimore
January 25, 2012

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