This is the ninth publication in CLASP's Couples and Marriage policy brief series. It explores the attitudinal, experiential, economic, and social contexts in which disadvantaged parents have children and decide to marry or not marry. It also discusses the public policy implications of research on this topic. Like others in the series, this brief is informed by a "Marriage Plus" perspective, which has two main goals, both centered on the well-being of children:1) to help more children grow up in healthy, married families, and 2) when this isn't possible, to help parents -- whether unmarried, separated, divorced, or remarried -- better cooperate in raising their children. (Author abstract)
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Out of order? : factors influencing the sequence of marriage and childbirth among disadvantaged Americans.