This issue brief discusses the interest in and politics surrounding government's using welfare reform legislation to carve out a stronger role in promoting marriage. It examines trends in family formation, their impact on society, and the effect of single parenting, divorce, and stepparenting on child well-being. The paper also looks at the treatment of marriage in current government programs, new state activities to promote marriage, proposals for a stronger government role, and marriage experts' expectations for the success of marriage education programs.
Koppelman, Jane, "Promoting Marriage as Welfare Policy: Looking at a Public Role in Private Lives" (2002). National Health Policy Forum. Paper 87.