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Special Editors: Janet C. Gornick, Laurie C. Maldonado, and Amanda Sheely

Volume 702

Publication Date: July 2022

Marriage and Family, Social Science/Public Policy

For the last 100 years, single-parent families have captured the attention of policymakers, social reformers and researchers in the U.S. This attention is well deserved, as single-parent familiesā€”especially those headed by womenā€”are much more likely to be poor than families headed by couples, and the income disadvantage they face is compounded by food insecurity and precarious housing. Single-parent families have also been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, due to both unexpected earnings losses and heightened demands on parentsā€™ time.

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