Family Structure and the Reproduction of Poverty

  title={Family Structure and the Reproduction of Poverty},
  author={Sara McLanahan},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={873 - 901}
  • S. McLanahan
  • Published 1 January 1985
  • Psychology, Economics
  • American Journal of Sociology
Recent analysts have argued that the female-headed family is responsible for the growth of an "underclass" in America. This study uses longitudinal data taken from the Michigan Panel Study of Income Dynamics to address the questions whether and why offspring in female-headed households are more likely to experience persistent poverty in adulthood. Four hypotheses regarding the effect of a father's absence are tested: the "no-effects" hypothesis, the "economic-deprivation" hypothesis, the… 
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