'Young, disadvantaged men'

May 23rd, 2011 in Other Sciences / Social Sciences

With teen moms being debated heavily in popular culture today, it's easy to neglect the effects of fatherhood. However, recent research shows that young, disadvantaged men also affect a family and society. In fact, by age 30, between 68 and 75 percent of young men with a high school degree or less are fathers.

A new issue of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and (published by SAGE) called "Young Disadvantaged Men: , , Poverty, and Policy," examines how poverty and lack of education are creating a "perfect storm of ".

Today almost half of all kids are being raised by at least one parent with a low educational background (high school degree or less by age 30) and a poor expected economic future. Additionally 62 percent of fathers with a high school degree or less earned less than $20,000 in 2002. These issues combine to create a to failure for young, disadvantaged .

To help explore and begin working on some solutions, co-editors of the volume Irwin Garfinkel, Ronald B. Mincy and Timothy Smeeding convened a national conference at the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison where economists, sociologists, and public policy experts presented their latest work. This conference included cross-cutting commentary on culture, race, and family functioning and longer-term relationships; and examined child support policy, school-to-work transitions, dropout, incarceration, and fatherhood-strengthening policies.

"Young Disadvantaged Men" presents the best thinking of national experts on the issues of immediate concern to those working through research, policy, and practice to reconnect disconnected dads to their children and thereby improve child and family economic and emotional well-being.

The issue entitled "Young Disadvantaged Men: Fathers, Family, Poverty, and Policy" is available to purchase at http://www.sagepub.com/books/Book237311?series=Series914&. Additionally, the introduction written by the co-editors is available free for a limited time at: http://ann.sagepub.com/content/635/1/6.full.pdf+html.

"Young Disadvantaged Men: Fathers, Family, Poverty, and Policy" features the following additional pieces:

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