Family Forms and Member Well-Being: A Research Agenda for the Decade of Behavior

  title={Family Forms and Member Well-Being: A Research Agenda for the Decade of Behavior},
  author={Janice M. Steil},
  journal={Psychology of Women Quarterly},
  pages={344 - 363}
  • Janice M. Steil
  • Published 1 December 2001
  • Economics
  • Psychology of Women Quarterly
Few institutions have changed as much in the past quarter-century as have American families. What are the factors affecting change? What are the conditions under which different family forms might best serve the interests of their members? What further changes are required? In this paper societal inequalities manifested within and between two family forms, heterosexual marriage and single-parent families, are reviewed, and a research agenda to assess the conditions under which these different… 

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