Families, policy, and family support policies

Brian L. Wilcox, Janet E. O’Keeffe

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An historical perspective on family policy is presented along with issues shaping future directions. Two prevention–oriented policies in particular are discussed: respite care services to assist persons caring for elderly infirm family members and family (parental) leave for new parents. The goals of previous family policies are challenged and recommendations are made for more realistic approaches to formulating successful family policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-126
Number of pages18
JournalPrevention in Human Services
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 21 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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