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ERIC Number: ED468850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
The Kids Are Alright? Children's Well-Being and the Rise of Cohabitation. New Federalism: National Survey of America's Families, Series B, No. B-48. Assessing the New Federalism, An Urban Institute Program To Assess Changing Social Policies.
Acs, Gregory; Nelson, Sandi
This brief discusses how living arrangements in general, and cohabitation in particular, affect children's material wellbeing and socioeconomic outcomes, documenting how poverty rates and food insecurity differ across living arrangements using data from the 1999 National Survey of America's Families (NSAF). It examines how other measures of child wellbeing (the share of young children age 0-5 years who are read to infrequently and the share of older children age 6-11 years and teens who exhibit behavioral problems) vary by living arrangements. Finally, the brief discusses how and why the relationship between cohabitation and wellbeing is changing compared with overall trends using data from the 1997 and 1999 NSAFs. Children living with cohabitors are more likely to be poor, food insecure, and read to infrequently and to exhibit behavioral problems than are children living with married couples. Between 1997-99, the wellbeing of children living with both their unmarried biological parents improved relative to children in general. This was not the case for children living with one parent and that parent's unmarried partner who was not the child's parent. The changing characteristics of cohabiting parents accounted for about one-third of the decline in poverty among children living with unmarried parents. (Contains 11 references and 10 notes.) (SM)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A