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McLanahan, Sara; Beck, Audrey N. – Future of Children, 2010
As nonmarital childbearing escalated in the United States over the past half century, fragile families--defined as unmarried couples with children--drew increased interest from researchers and policy makers. Sara McLanahan and Audrey Beck discuss four aspects of parental relationships in these families: the quality of parents' intimate…
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Parent Child Relationship, Fathers, Child Welfare
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Hummer, Robert A.; Hamilton, Erin R. – Future of Children, 2010
Robert Hummer and Erin Hamilton note that the prevalence of fragile families varies substantially by race and ethnicity. African Americans and Hispanics have the highest prevalence; Asian Americans, the lowest; and whites fall somewhere in the middle. The share of unmarried births is lower among most foreign-born mothers than among their U.S.-born…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, African Americans, Racial Differences, At Risk Persons
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Duncan, Greg J.; Magnuson, Katherine A. – Future of Children, 2005
This article considers whether the disparate socioeconomic circumstances of families in which white, black, and Hispanic children grow up account for the racial and ethnic gaps in school readiness among American preschoolers. It first reviews why family socioeconomic resources might matter for children's school readiness. The authors concentrate…
Descriptors: Neighborhoods, School Readiness, Socioeconomic Status, Family Income
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Hernandez, Donald J. – Future of Children, 2004
Several major demographic shifts over the past half-century have transformed who we are and how we live in this country in many ways. Most striking, however, is the fact that children today are much more likely to be members of ethnic or racial minority groups. Racial/ethnic minorities are destined, in aggregate, to become the numerical majority…
Descriptors: Racial Differences, Socioeconomic Influences, Ethnicity, Poverty
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Lewit, Eugene M. – Future of Children, 1993
Examines the incidence of child poverty in the United States, criticisms of official poverty thresholds, and the influence of family structure and race on child poverty. Recent data show that 60% of poor children lived in families headed by single females and that the majority of African-American children will experience poverty at some point in…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Census Figures, Children, Economic Factors
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Lewit, Eugene M. – Future of Children, 1993
Reviews the child poverty rate in the United States over the last several decades and examines the impact of economic and demographic trends and changes in government programs on the poverty status of children. (MDM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Business Cycles, Census Figures, Children