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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.

Contact: Princeton University, Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing, Wallace Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544, Telephone: (609) 258-5894 Fax: (609) 258-5804 E-mail: crcw@opr.princeton.edu Web Site: http://crcw.princeton.edu Available from the website.

Keywords: Behavior development, Biological parents, Child health, Cognitive development, Comparison groups, Data, Families, Longitudinal studies, Measures, Models, Outcome evaluation, Single parents, Statistics, Young children

Carlson MJ, Berger LM. 2010. What kids get from parents: Packages of parental involvement across complex family forms. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University, Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing, 42 pp.

Annotation: This paper compares parental involvement among young children living in different contemporary family structures, including those living with a single mother; those living with a resident social father, those living with two married biological parents; and those living in families where there are children from previous relationships. The paper then assesses the relative levels of parental investments (including parent-child engagement and economic resources) available to children at age 5, as well as changes in investments between children ages 1 through 5 by family structure categories. Included are measurements in the frequency of parent-child activity and access to income as reported by mothers. Tables and graphs compare findings according to specific family characteristics.

Contact: Princeton University, Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing, Wallace Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544, Telephone: (609) 258-5894 Fax: (609) 258-5804 E-mail: crcw@opr.princeton.edu Web Site: http://crcw.princeton.edu Available from the website.

Keywords: Biological parents, Child health, Comparison groups, Economic factors, Families, Parent child relations, Parenting, Single parents, Social factors, Socioeconomic factors, Young children

   

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.