healthy marriage, family stability, lower income, federal government, state government
In the past decade, the federal government, some states, and numerous communities have initiated programs to help couples form and sustain healthy marriages and relationships in order to increase family stability for children. Thus, we value the attention given to this emerging policy area by the American Psychologist in a recent article (Johnson, May–June 2012). However, it is important to challenge some of Johnson's points about the effectiveness and reach of interventions to lower income couples and couples of color and his suggested prioritization of basic over applied research.
Original Publication Citation
Hawkins, A. J. Stanley, S. M., Cowan, P. A., Fincham, F. D., Beach, S. R. H., Cowan, C. P., Rhoades, G. K., Markman, H. J., & Daire, A. P. (2013). A more optimistic perspective on government-supported marriage and relationship education programs for lower income couples. American Psychologist, 68, 110-111.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hawkins, Alan J.; Stanley, Scott M.; Cowan, Philip A.; Fincham, Frank D.; Beach, Steven R. H.; Cowan, Carolyn Pape; Rhoades, Galena Kline; Markman, Howard J.; and Daire, Andrew P., "A More Optimistic Perspective on Government-Supported Marriage and Relationship Education Programs for Lower Income Couples" (2013). Faculty Publications. 4240.
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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