ERIC Number: ED438355
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Poverty among Children Born Outside of Marriage: Preliminary Findings from the National Survey of America's Families. Discussion Papers. Assessing the New Federalism: An Urban Institute Program To Assess Changing Social Policies.
This study examines whether children born outside of marriage and currently living in single-mother families are more likely to be poor than children in single-mother families who were born to married parents. Using the 1997 National Survey of America's Families, the study finds that among children living with single mothers, those born outside of marriage are 1.7 times more likely to be poor than those born to married parents. While this difference is statistically significant and non-negligible, differences in mother's education and work status and whether she lives with other adult relatives are all stronger predictors of child poverty. Nevertheless, given that children born outside of marriage are persistently more likely to be poor than other children living in single-mother families, even when a mother's characteristics are taken into account, a continued policy focus on children born to unmarried mothers is warranted. (Contains 16 references.) (Author/SM)
Descriptors: Births to Single Women, Children, Educational Attainment, Employment Level, Fatherless Family, Low Income Groups, Mothers, Poverty
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Brunswick, NJ.; Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, CA.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY. Education and Research Div.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.; Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.; Fund for New Jersey, East Orange.; Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Milwaukee, WI.; Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.
Note: Project funded by the Stuart and Weingart Foundation.