Single-Parent Families and Public Policy in High-Income Countries: Introduction to the Volume

AuthorJanet C. Gornick,Laurie C. Maldonado,Amanda Sheely
DOIhttp://doi.org/10.1177/00027162221133250
Published date01 July 2022
Date01 July 2022
Subject MatterIntroduction
8 ANNALS, AAPSS, 702, July 2022
DOI: 10.1177/00027162221133250
Single-Parent
Families and
Public Policy in
High-Income
Countries:
Introduction to
the Volume
By
JANET C. GORNICK,
LAURIE C. MALDONADO,
and
AMANDA SHEELY
1133250ANN THE ANNALS OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMYIntroduction
research-article2022
Keywords: single-parent families; U.S. policy; high-
income countries; economic well-being;
lesson drawing
Why Should We Care about
Single-Parent Families?
For the last 100 years, single-parent families in
the United States have captured the attention
of policy-makers, political actors, and social
reformers. Although the national discourse has
shifted over time, one theme has been con-
stant: the absence of the second parent, nearly
always the father, places single-parent families
at risk of economic insecurity and material
Janet C. Gornick is Professor of Political Science and
Sociology, Director of the Stone Center, and James M.
and Cathleen D. Stone Distinguished Chair in Socio-
Economic Inequality, at the Graduate Center of the City
University of New York. Most of her research is com-
parative and concerns social welfare policies and their
impact on gender disparities in the labor market and/or
on income inequality. She is coauthor or co
editor of four books: Families That Work: Policies for
Reconciling Parenthood and Employment (Russell Sage
Foundation, 2003), Gender Equality: Transforming
Family Divisions of Labor (Verso Press, 2009), and
Income Inequality: Economic Disparities and the Middle
Class in Affluent Countries (Stanford University Press,
2013) and Measuring Distribution and Mobility of
Income and Wealth (University of Chicago Press, 2022).
Laurie C. Maldonado is Assistant Professor of Social
Work at Molloy University and Lecturer at Columbia
University School of Social Work. Her work on single-
parent families, poverty, and social policy has been
published in Community, Work, and Family, Oxford
Bibliographies in Sociology, Handbook of Research on
In-Work Poverty, and Handbook of Family Policy. She
has co-edited a book on single-parent families in cross-
national contexts, The Triple Bind of Single-Parent
Families: Resources, Employment and Policies to
Improve Wellbeing (Bristol Press, 2018).
Correspondence: jgornick@gc.cuny.edu

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