ERIC Number: ED445158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Effects of Participation in the WIC Food Assistance Program on Children's Health and Development: Evidence from NLSY Children. Discussion Paper.
Kowaleski-Jones, Lori; Duncan, Greg J.
This study investigated the effects of maternal participation in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) on the birth weight, motor and social skills, and temperament of a national sample of children born between 1990 and 1996 to women participating in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY). Sibling fixed effect models were used to account for persistent differences in difficult to measure characteristics of mothers that affect participation in the program. Information was obtained for 453 sibling pairs. Results indicate that prenatal WIC participation has positive effects on infant birth weight. Fixed effect, but not ordinary least squares (OLS), estimates suggest that prenatal WIC participation is associated with more positive child temperament. An appendix contains two tables focusing on logistic regression results and maternal characteristics. (Contains 7 tables and 35 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Child Development, Infants, Least Squares Statistics, Mothers, Nutrition, Siblings, Young Children
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Economic Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth