ERIC Number: ED437216
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Family Characteristics of 6- to 12-Year-Olds. Indicator of the Month.
National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Noting that the family environment in which a child lives affects many aspects of that child's life, including school performance, this "Indicator of the Month" from the National Center for Educational Statistics presents data on family characteristics for 1972-1997. In addition to data tables, key findings are summarized: (1) educational attainment of parents of 6- to 12-year-olds increased substantially between 1972 and 1997; (2) the employment rate of mothers of 6- to 12-year-olds rose from 39 percent in 1972 to 66 percent in 1997, whereas the employment rate for fathers decreased slightly; (3) the percent of 6- to 12-year-olds who lived with only their mother increased from 12 to 24 percent between 1972 and 1997, and conversely, the percentage who lived with two parents decreased from 87 to 71 percent during the same period; and (4) in 1997, 6- to 12-year-olds had fewer other children in their household than their peers in 1972. (HTH)
Descriptors: Children, Educational Attainment, Employed Parents, Family Characteristics, Family Structure, Mothers, One Parent Family, Siblings
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Note: Extracted from "The Condition of Education 1999."