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Penn State's 21st Annual Symposium on Family Issues
The diverging destinies of children have been unfolding within the context of three decades of growing economic inequality in the U.S. In a provocative article published in 2004, Sara McLanahan described the diverging destinies of American families and children. She noted that women were following two trajectories, one involving delays in childrearing and increases in employment, and the other involving high levels of divorce and non-marital childbearing. Women with the most opportunities were following the first trajectory, whereas women with the fewest opportunities were following the second. Consequently, changes in family demographics were exacerbating social class disparities in children's access to resources.
Penn State's 21st Annual Symposium on Family Issues is titled, "Diverging Destinies: Families in an Era of Increasing Inequality," Join us on October 7-8, 2013 on the University Park, PA campus as 16 scholars address how children, young adults, parents, and families are faring in an era of increasing social inequality. View the complete program and to register.