So, what can be done to address these family dynamics that place so many children at risk? In future updates we will discuss some responses, but in a study entitled Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing, Columbia University Professor Jane Waldfogel and two of her colleagues offer three suggestions:
The first is to reduce the share of children growing up in fragile families (for example, through policies that reduce the rate of unwed births or that promote family stability among unwed parents). The second is to address the mediating factors that place such children at risk (for example, through policies that boost resources in single-parent homes or that foster father involvement in fragile families). The third is to address directly the risks these children face (for example, through high-quality early childhood education policies or home-visiting policies).
Posted: June 20, 2014