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Unformatted text preview: previous study, William J. Wilson used Urban Poverty and
Family Life Study (UPFLS) data to evaluate the ways in which single parent families perpetuate
themselves through the effects of such family structure on decreased educational attainment and
labor force attachment. The article entitled "The Fading Inner-City Family" assesses this process
and uses interviews to illuminate cultural factors that affect the prevalence of single-parent
family structure in African American families. In the black community, educational attainment is
positively associated with marriage, but being raised by a single African American parent is also
associated with high levels of poverty, likelihood of welfare dependency, and a low potential for
educational achievement (Wilson 1996, pg. 47). Likewise, participation in the labor force as
measured by economic worth is positively associated with rate of marriage, but being raised in a
single parent household by a black mother is associated with problems of labor force
attachment(Wilson 1996, pg. 47). Wilson refutes cultural theorists tendency to "blame t...
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