2006 Small Grants Program: Family Structure, Family Well-being and Poverty


The interrelationships and causal connections among family structure, family stability, individual well-being and poverty have been of great interest to social scientists and policy makers over the past few decades. These issues have gained special importance and prominence with the initiation of the Healthy Marriage Initiative, designed by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families to help couples develop the skills and knowledge to form and sustain healthy marriages.

We sought research projects that went beyond extant knowledge of the linkages between family structure, family stability, well-being, and income. We also considered proposals that examined issues related to the design and implementation of intervention programs or policies intended to strengthen marital/partner relationships and improve family functioning. Quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method approaches were all encouraged.

Funded research

Transitions in Family Structure and Children's Well-Being. Lawrence Berger, School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Katherine A. Magnuson, School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Is Marriage Protective for All Children? Cumulative Risk Factors from Birth to Age 3. Cynthia Osborne, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas– Austin.

Paternal Resilience: Transitions in Nonresidential Fathers' Involvement with Children in Low-Income Families. Kevin Roy, Family Studies Department, University of Maryland; Jay Fagan, School of Social Administration, Temple University; and Rob Palkovitz, Department of Individual and Family Studies, University of Delaware.

Implementation Analysis of 'Within My Reach'. Anne Sparks, Department of Social Work, Ohio University.

Mental Health and Transitions to Marriage Among Unwed Parents. Julien Teitler, School of Social Work, Columbia University.

Funds for this competition are provided by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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