Helping Unwed Parents Build Strong and Healthy Marriages
 

Although there are exceptions, research indicates that children raised in single-parent families are at greater risk of living in poverty and of developing social, behavioral and academic problems than are children raised in married-parent families. This report presents a framework for intervention that would address the needs and circumstances of unmarried parents and provide instruction and knowledge for those who would choose to form and sustain healthy marriages. Head Start and Early Head Start staff can help develop programs that will assist couples in strengthening their bond while supporting the developmental needs of their child.






This report presents a conceptual framework for intervention that would address the needs and circumstances of unmarried parents and provide relationship skills instruction and knowledge for those who would choose to form and sustain healthy marriages. It builds on research indicating that the period around the time of a child's birth may represent a critical moment for strengthening couple bonds. More>> [PDF, 1.49MB]



Helping Unwed Parents Build Strong and Healthy Marriages: A Conceptual Framework for Interventions. HHS/ACF/OPRE. 2003. English. [PDF, 1.49MB].


Last Reviewed: June 2009

Last Updated: June 19, 2013