ERIC Number: ED310859
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Consequences of Family Change for Children's Development.
Huston, Aletha C.
This paper discusses the implications of changes in the family environment on child development. Changes identified concern increases in the number and percentage of children who live in poverty, maternal employment in two-parent families, single-parent families, and the number of children in nonparental child care. Characteristics of poverty for children involve duration, race, one-parent families, and rural populations. Low income is associated with many negative outcomes for children, and income loss is an important contributor to problems experienced by mother-only families. The effects of these family variables are mediated and moderated by a range of child, family and environmental characteristics. Boys appear to be more vulnerable than girls to stressful events in the family. The age of the child is an important determinant of effects. Support systems in the extended family and community consistently emerge as important moderators of the negative effects of divorce, maternal employment, and nonparental care. A list of 24 references is included. (RJC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Foundation for Child Development, New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Kansas City, MO, April 27-30, 1989).