Family Relationships: A Life Span Development Approach [NOTES Part 19] - 4.0ed the course

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Florida State University
Family and Child Sciences
FAD 2230

Chapter 15: Looking Ahead – Helping families flourish  Macrolevel: family policy • Selective vs. Universal Approach to Family Benefits → Selective programs: only certain groups of individuals qualify for assistance ⇒ United States: mainly based off of income → Universal programs: programs to help strengthen all families without any eligibility requirement ⇒ Many other countries (Canada)  Building resilience: general policies and programs to support families • National Health Insurance: a health care system for all citizens that considers health a public right → The U.S. is the only developed nation without some type of national health insurance that guarantees access to health care by right of citizenship (Obamacare is working on it) • Maternity and Family leave: a paid and guaranteed leave from work to care for children, including after the birth of a child → The U.S. does not have guaranteed, paid maternity and family leave at childbirth → Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA): can take up to 12 weeks off from employment without penalty of job termination – may or may not be paid, that is up to the discretion of the employer • Flexible time and place of employment → Flextime: flexibility in the daily hours of work; doesn’t always have to be on a traditional 9 to 5 schedule → Flexplace: flexibility in the location of work, including working from home → Telecommuting: flexibility in the location of working from home • Employees who had job flexibility have been shown to have better work-family practices and engage in more healthful beh
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