ERIC Number: ED464182
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
A Closer Look at Changes in Children's Living Arrangements in Low-Income Families. Working Paper. Welfare, Children, and Families: A Three-City Study.
Cherlin, Andrew J.; Fomby, Paula
This study examined changes in low-income children's living arrangements over time. Caregivers of children in Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio completed interviews in 1999 and then again 16 months later as part of the Three-City Study of low-income families with children. The percentage of children living with single mothers who were not cohabiting or married declined from 57 to 54 percent between interviews. The percentage of children living with mothers and their cohabiting partners increased from 8 to 10 percent, while the percentage living with mothers and their married partners increased from 26 to 28 percent. Virtually all cohabiting and marriage that began between the first and second interviews involved a mother and a man who was not the child's biological father. About 42 percent of mothers who were cohabiting at the first interview had ended the relationship by the second interview, and 16 percent had married. About 18 percent of mothers who were married at the first interview had separated by the second interview. Overall, 22 percent of children had experienced changes in their caregivers' living arrangement during the interval. Approximately 44 percent of parents who began cohabiting or were married between interviews had not received welfare since the passage of national welfare reform legislation in 1996. (Contains 28 endnotes.) (SM)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Family Status, Family Structure, Low Income Groups, One Parent Family, Urban Areas, Welfare Reform
Welfare, Children and Families Study, Johns Hopkins University, 3003 North Charles Street/Annex, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21218-3855. For full text: http://www.jhu.edu/~welfare/welfare_publication.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.; Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, CA.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.; Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.; National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; Woods Fund of Chicago, IL.; Texas Univ., Austin. Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.; Boston Foundation, MA.; Social Security Administration (DHHS), Washington, DC.; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (DHHS), Washington, DC.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Administration on Developmental Disabilities (DHHS), Washington, DC.; Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.; National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago); Massachusetts (Boston); Texas (San Antonio)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families