Mothers Alone: Strategies for a Time of Change (Hardcover)
This book presents historical perspectives on single mothers and antipoverty strategies in the US and several other industrial societies. The authors, specialists in family policy, discuss family and personal life of single mothers, their work and income (usually low), and issues such as child care, housing, and stress. The experiences of different types of mothers-only families are examined, and societal concerns for improvement of the situation of such families are addressed. Kamerman and Kahn analyze various policy options and, following a holistic approach, they propose a benefit-service package. . . . Encompassing statistics, case studies, anecdotal insights, and cross-national analysis, this book makes a valuable contribution to understanding the problem and its policy implications. Choice
Single-mother families are becoming an increasingly large and diversified group in the United States and other industrialized countries. From the poor, uneducated, unskilled teenager to the middle-class professional mother by choice, single mothers and their children face serious economic and social difficulties. This timely and comprehensive volume considers public policy options that respond to the needs of single mothers and their children, particularly in the areas of income, work, and child care.
About the Author
SHEILA B. KAMERMAN is Professor of Social Policy and Planning at Columbia University School of Social Work and Codirector of the Cross-National Studies Research Program.ALFRED J. KAHN is also Professor of Social Policy and Planning at Columbia University School of Social Work and Codirector of the Cross-National Studies Research Program.