The following resources provide information on the well-being of parents and caregivers and suggest ways to improve it.
Caregiver Stress Fact Sheet
Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2015)
Highlights the symptoms of caregiver stress for women and provides specific tips to manage caregiver stress.
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.
Fatherhood: Ongoing Research and Program Evaluation Efforts (PDF – 1,044 KB)
United States Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation (2015)
Describes research and evaluation projects related to the Responsible Fatherhood grant program and noncustodial parents, as well as other research related to fathers and fatherhood to promote economic self-sufficiency and social well-being for them and their families.
Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Children's Bureau
Rosenberg, Jeffrey.;Wilcox, W. Bradford.
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Nine Facts About American Families and Work (PDF - 700 KB)
Council of Economic Advisers (2014)
Explains nine important facts about American family lives and work lives and how interactions between the two impact the U.S. economy. It illustrates the changes that are needed to ensure long-term economic growth, maintain economic competitiveness, improve the well-being of Americans, and make full use of all of America's talents.
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.
Taking Care of You: Support for Caregivers
Offers tips to support caregivers as they care for their children that are seriously ill. Tips include ways parents can decrease caregiver burn out and provides resources for getting additional help.
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.