Reports and Briefs

Below are policy-relevant reports and briefs in the field of healthy marriage. These reports summarize: the range of ideas currently within the public dialogue; information regarding policy, initiatives and marriage data across states; and links between research and public policy.


Web Sites

The following Web sites offer a variety of materials for those considering investing in public policy efforts to support healthy marriage.



Many books have been written on healthy marriage—everything from self-help to research related to family structure. The titles listed here represent a solid foundation of work that is generally regarded as informing the field healthy marriage as it relates to the impact that marriage, divorce, and family formation has on couples, children, and society.

  • A Generation at Risk: Growing Up in an Era of Family Upheaval. By Paul R. Amato and Alan Booth
  • Alone Together: How Marriage in America is Changing. By Paul Amato, Alan Booth, David R. Johnson and Stacy J. Rogers.
  • The Case for Marriage: Why Married Couples are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off. By Linda Waite and Maggie Gallagher.
  • Fathers, Marriage and Welfare Reform: The New World of Welfare.By Wade Horn and Isabel V. Sawhill.
  • Promises I can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Ahead of Marriage. By Kathy Edin and Maria Kefalas.
  • The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce. By Judith S. Wallterstein, Mulia M. Lewis, Sandrea Blankeslee.