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Chapter 2: Current Issues & Public Policy
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America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well- Being, 2010 http://www.childstats.gov/americaschildren/fam_fig.asp
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Changing Family Demographics Diverse families in the twenty-first century
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Changing Patterns of Non-marital Childbearing in the U.S. Childbearing by unmarried women has resumed a steep climb since 2002. Births to unmarried women totaled 1,714,643 in 2007, a 26% increase from 2002 Nearly 4 in 10 U.S. births were to unmarried women in 2007. Non-marital birth rates are highest for Hispanic women followed by African American women. Rates for non-Hispanic white and Asian or Pacific Islander women are much lower. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db18.htm
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Childbearing among unmarried women has been the subject of intense public policy and public health concern for decades Most of the concerns are about the impact on family structure and the economic security of children. Non-marital births are at higher risk of having adverse birth outcomes such as low birth weight, preterm birth, and infant mortality than are children born to married women Children born to single mothers typically have more limited social and financial resources.
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Our view on kids: When unwed births hit 41%, it's just not right http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2011
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Teenage Pregnancy For the first time in more than a decade, the nation’s teen pregnancy rate rose 3% in 2006 About 7% of teen girls got pregnant in 2006, at a rate of 71.5 pregnancies per 1,000 teens http://www.guttmacher.org/media/nr/2010/01/ 26/index.html
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Teen mothers have lower high school diploma attainment than those who did not have a teen birth. Young women who had been teen mothers were less likely than other young women to earn a high school diploma by the age of 22 (see Figure 1). Almost nine in 10 (89 percent) young women who had not given birth as a teen earned a high school diploma before the age of 22. By comparison, only about one in two (51 percent) young women who had been a teen mother earned a high school diploma by that age.
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Changing Demographics Families Working families-working mothers http://pewresearch.org/pubs/536/working-women http://www.bing.com/search?q=Women+in+the+Recessio
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Mothers in the Workforce with Children of Varying Ages 0 20 40 60 80 100 6 yrs - 17 yrs Under 6 Under 1 % Source: United States Department of Labor, “Employment Characteristics of Families in 2008” (2008) Available at http:// www.bls.goc/news.release/famee.nr0.htm
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Changing Demographics Families New interest in the father’s role http://fatherhood.hhs.gov/ http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/healthday/2009/08/1
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Ways fathers influence development of young children Father influences the kind of spouse you choose Fathers provide motivation Fathers see potential Fathers make children more self-reliant Fathers provide how men should interact with women Support system
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2011 for the course EDEC 3613 taught by Professor Georgemorrison during the Spring '11 term at North Texas.

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