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Failure to FlourishHow Law Undermines Family Relationships$
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Clare Huntington

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385762

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385762.001.0001

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Families in Transition and Families in Crisis

Families in Transition and Families in Crisis

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Failure to Flourish

Clare Huntington

Oxford University Press

Too often, families are unable to provide children with the strong, stable, positive relationships that are essential for individual and societal well-being. This chapter describes the substantial challenges facing families today—including domestic violence, teen pregnancy, child abuse and neglect, divorce, poverty, and unemployment—that make it much harder for parents to form these kinds of relationships with each other and with their children. This chapter also addresses the seismic demographic changes in families, particularly the decline in marriage rates and the accompanying rise of single-parent households and nonmarital children, which often complicate a family’s ability to nurture children.

Keywords:   child abuse and neglect, children, domestic violence, families, nonmarital children, poverty, single-parent households, teen pregnancy

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