This article discusses Sara McLanahan's presentation at the seventh annual Rocco C. and Marion S. Siciliano Forum at the University of Utah regarding the Bush administration's marriage agenda. According to McLanahan, the agenda is based on three assumptions: that unwed parents will participate; that improving relationship skills will increase the marriage rate; and that increasing the marriage rate will increase the well-being of the children involved. However, she said her data show that even if unmarried parents' attitudes about marriage, quality of relationships and fathers' income levels matched those of married parents, their marriage rate would increase only about 2 percent.
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Marriage Agenda Too Ambitious?: Professor Hopes Bush Doesn't Try to Oversell Program.