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Adapting Healthy Marriage Programs for Disadvantaged and Culturally Diverse Populations: What are the issues?

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Publication Date: March 2007

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Theodora Ooms

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Social conditions (Marriage and family life)

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Since 2002, more than 300 healthy marriage programs have been funded by the Administration for Children and Families. While many initial concerns about this initiative have been lessened, an important question remains: can the programs be effective with populations more diverse than the white, middle-class, educated, engaged/married couples they have mostly served? This brief describes the types of program adaptation already underway, identifying key issues and challenges.