Exploratory Study of Decision-Making in Low-Income Couples

Exploratory Study of Decision-Making in Low-Income Couples

Published: Dec 01, 2010
Publisher: Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research
Associated Project

Building Strong Families: Strengthening Unmarried Parents' Relationships

Time frame: 2002-2013

Prepared for:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation


M. Robin Dion

Debra Wright

Renay Cleary Bradley

John M. Gottman

This report focuses on the role of partners and spouses in the decision-making processes of social service clients. Using survey data, direct observation of couple interactions, and physiological measurement, findings suggest that the decisions of individuals receiving public assistance—married or unmarried—are affected by their partners. If confirmed by future research, these results have implications for the delivery, content, and outcome measurement of social services for low-income families.

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