Family support and public policy

Friday, November 1, 2013
First author:
Turnbull R.
Belonging & Quality of Life

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA

All authors:

H. Rutherford (Rud) Turnbull

(Family) Quality of Life


The purpose of the research is to explain and elaborate on the concept of family support, with emphasis on its conceptual, theoretical, research, and resource issues.


This research is based on analysis of laws, policy documents, and financial data in the United States.


The research indicates that the difficulties in securing state or national family support policy derive from three sources: the lack of a consensus definition of family support, the failure to justify it theoretically as a contributor to family quality of life, and the lack of agreement about how to determine whether it is effective in contributing to family quality of life.


The research community, in alliance with the practice and advocacy communities, must first reach a consensus about the conceptual, theoretical, research, and resource issues before they reasonably can expect state and national governments to support families any more powerfully than they do no; and the international research, practice, and advocacy communities can contribute to the U.S.’s efforts by offering their knowledge about those issues.