The following resources provide information on the well-being of parents and caregivers and suggest ways to improve it.
Child Care Subsidies, Maternal Well-Being, and Child-Parent Interactions: Evidence From Three Nationally Representative Datasets (PDF - 310 KB)
Herbst & Tekin (2012)
Presents study results indicating that mothers who receive child care subsidies experience worse health outcomes and poorer interactions with their children.
Disadvantaged Families and Child Outcomes: The Importance of Emotional Support for Mothers (PDF - 139 KB)
Bandy, Andrews, Moore (2012)
Using available data from the 2007 National Survey of Childrenâ€™s health, this brief analyzes the link between the emotional support that mothers receive -- or do not receive -- in raising their children and their children's development.
Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Children's Bureau
Rosenberg, Jeffrey.;Wilcox, W. Bradford.
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Responsible Government: Investing in the Well-Being of Black Fathers, Families and Communities (PDF - 676 KB)
Dressel & Bouchet (2009)
Recommends policy improvements to engage African-American fathers to improve the lives of their children, families, and communities.
Supporting the Mothers: An Exploration of Maternal Health, Well-Being and Support Service Needs for HIV-Positive Mothers (PDF - 120 KB)
Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, 11(1)
Suggests strategies for improving the health and well-being of HIV-positive mothers by reducing stigma and discrimination, enhancing parenting skills, and increasing access to health care, child care, and other support program needs.
The Supporting Healthy Marriage Evaluation: Early Impacts on Low-Income Families (PDF - 1,034 KB)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2012)
Presents 12-month impact results from a demonstration project designed to strengthen marriages among low-income married couples with children. Impact on family well-being over time is also examined.
Work-Family Supports for Low-Income Families: Key Research Findings and Policy Trends (PDF - 1,249 KB)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (2014)
Addresses four areas of work-family policy with particular relevance for the well-being of low-income working parents and their families, including the relative lack of access to supports among lower wage workers; outlines current public and private approaches; describes major potential policy approaches; and proposes useful next steps for research on work-family policies and their implications for low-income families.