Craigie T, Brooks-Gunn J, Waldfogel J. 2010. Family structure, family stability and early child wellbeing. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University, Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing, 30 pp.
Annotation: This study uses data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study --a nationally representative cohort of children born in large U.S. cities between 1998 and 2000 -- to distinguish the effects of family structure at birth from family stability over time on child health, cognitive, and socio-emotional outcomes. The authors' findings indicate that family structure and stability are important to all child outcomes but that the health outcomes of children born to married or cohabiting parents are more adversely affected by changes in family structure over time. The study looks at two models: one that measures family structure at birth only and a second that measures possible changes in family structure since birth. Descriptive statistics for outcome measures and mediators are provided in tables, which include variables such as asthma, obesity, aggressive behavior, anxiety/depressive behavior, income, father involvement, and parental depression.
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Keywords: Behavior development, Biological parents, Child health, Cognitive development, Comparison groups, Data, Families, Longitudinal studies, Measures, Models, Outcome evaluation, Single parents, Statistics, Young children