ERIC Number: ED467569
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Parent Work and Child Well-Being in Low-Income Families. Occasional Paper. Assessing the New Federalism: An Urban Institute Program To Assess Changing Social Policies.
Phillips, Katherin Ross
This study used data from the National Survey of America's Families to examine contemporaneous relationships between patterns of parent work and positive child outcomes among low-income families by focusing on how parents organized their work schedules, relationships between patterns of parent work and child wellbeing, and relationships between children of single versus married parents. Results, categorized by child age, indicated that most low-income children had at least one parent who worked full-time. In general, levels of parent work were not related to positive child outcomes, even when family income was considered. However, a few exceptions existed. High levels of parent work negatively associated with indicators of parent involvement among low-income preschoolers of single parents. How parents scheduled their work seemed most important for low-income, school-age children of married parents. For all children, positive outcomes were more strongly associated with both family and child characteristics than with patterns of parent work. Tables are appended. (Contains 16 references, 24 notes, and 7 tables) (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Age Differences, Child Welfare, Employed Parents, Low Income Groups, One Parent Family, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Influence, Preschool Children, Well Being, Working Hours
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.; Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.; Weingart Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.; Fund for New Jersey, East Orange.; Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Milwaukee, WI.; Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.