Family Science and Public Health: Strange Bedfellows or Match Made in Heaven?Kristina GordonArts and Sciences
Relationship dysfunction and dissolution are serious public
health issues, as their occurrence increases the likelihood of a number of
mental and physical health problems. Other indirect effects include increased
probability of child abuse and maltreatment, childhood poverty, as well as
lower academic achievement and poorer physical and mental health in children.
Taking into account only the effects of divorce on poverty rates, the United
States is estimated to spend $112 billion dollars per year on costs of family
breakdown. This talk will provide an overview of research on the public health
costs of relationship dysfunction and then discuss a series of studies
demonstrating how brief family-based health interventions provided in a
home-visitation format might be an attractive and efficient strategy to address
multiple public health problems simultaneously.