Interdisciplinary in nature, this volume brings together contributors from the fields of psychology, social work, sociology, demography, economics, human development and family studies, and public policy. It presents important work-family topics from the point of view of low-income families at a time in history when welfare to work programs have become standard. Divided into four parts, each section addresses a different aspect of the topic, consisting of a big picture lead essay followed by three papers that critique, extend, and supplement the final paper. The primary audience for the book is academicians and their students, policy specialists, and people charged with developing and evaluating family-focused programs. [author abstract]
Table of Contents
Part I: How Has the Availability, Content, and Stability of the Jobs Available for the Working Poor Changed in Recent Decades?
The Low-Wage Labor Market: Trends and Policy Implications. J. Bernstein
Labor Market and Family Trends and Public Policy Responses. P. England
Beyond Low Wages: Underemployment in America. L. Jensen, T. Slack
Changing Families, Shifting Economic Fortunes, and Meeting Basic Needs. L.M. Casper, R.B. King
Part II: What Features of Work Timing Matter for Families?
Employment in a 24/7 Economy: Challenges for the Family. H.B. Presser
The Time and Timing of Work: Unique Challenges Facing Low-Income Families. M. Perry-Jenkins
Exploring Process and Control in Families Working Nonstandard Schedules. K. Daly
Using Daily Diaries to Assess Temporal Friction Between Work and Family. D.M. Almeida
Part III: How Are the Childcare Needs of Low-Income Families Being Met?
Childcare for Low-Income Families: Problems and Promises. A.C. Huston
The Crisis of Care. C.C. Raver, Childcare as a Work Support, a Child-Focused Intervention, and a Job. B. Thorne
Childcare for Low-Income Families: Problems and Promise. M. Zaslow
Part IV: How Are the Challenges of Managing Work and Family Experienced by Low-Income Men and Women?
"Making a Way Out of No Way": How Mothers Meet Basic Family Needs While Moving From Welfare to Work. S. Clampet-Lundquist, K. Edin, A. London, E. Scott, V. Hunter
Should Promoting Marriage Be the Next Stage of Welfare Reform? B.R. Karney, S.H. Springer
Making Our Way Together: Collaboration in the Move From Welfare to Work. L.A. Bond, A.M.C. Hauf
The Growing Compliance Burden for Recipients of Public Assistance. A.J. Cherlin
Balancing Work and Family: Problems and Solutions for Low-Income Families. D.N. Hawkins, S.D. Whiteman