illegitimacy


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illegitimacy

Nonmarital, out of wedlock Social medicine The legal status of a child born to unwed parents
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It is commonly asserted that the increase in illegitimacy has been caused by welfare benefits encouraging, or at least allowing, single women to bear children out-of-wedlock.
Since Richard Lamm stated two years ago on PBS's MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour that the time had come to "restigmatize illegitimacy," numerous humanists, speaking out in various fora, have taken exception to his view.
This plan represents a radical shift in the focus of the welfare debate--from combating illegitimacy to providing public-support services to an ever-expanding population of single mothers.
Here you will find illegitimacy examinations carried out by the Overseers of the Poor, whose job it was to determine the father of a child and levy a fee on him for the child's upkeep by the parish.
4 percent, though he reckons that the shame attached to illegitimacy led to underreporting.
Critics accused the program of producing a variety of social ills including the erosion of the work ethic, immorality, and illegitimacy (Curran, 2001).
There were many reasons for illegitimacy, some more acceptable than others, but in general, as the 18th century gave way to the 19th, society became far less tolerant of bastardy.
ALL children are equally legitimate and, thankfully, illegitimacy no longer carries the strong social stigma it once did.
4) The present article examines laws and practices surrounding illegitimacy in the eighteenth century.
Illegitimacy rates in England and Wales increased by nearly ten per cent in the last decade, from 32.
First there are two which deal with specific social issues, the problems of illegitimacy and child abuse.
Charles Murray addresses the issue of family formation focusing on illegitimacy and single family life while Lawrence Mead summarizes what is described as a conservative approach to welfare.