ERIC Number: ED471512
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov-19
Reference Count: N/A
Child Living Arrangements by Race and Income: A Supplementary Analysis.
Primus, Wendell E.
This supplementary analysis to "Declining Share of Children Lived with Single Mothers in the Late 1990s" employs an alternative methodology to provide a clearer picture of changes in living arrangements within different income groups. The original study concluded that children were significantly less likely to live with single mothers in 2000 than 1995 and more likely to live with cohabiting mothers; the trend away from living with married parents had stopped; the proportion of lower-income children living with single mothers declined and with cohabiting mothers increased; and the proportion of higher-income children living with married parents decreased. These results understate changes in living arrangements in the late 1990s because of the methodology used for comparing living arrangements across income. This study methodology defines the lower-income group as the bottom 39 percent of children, and the higher-income group as the top 61 percent of children, by income. Results suggest that during 1995-2000, there was a larger decline in the percentage of lower-income children living with single mothers; an increase in the percentage of lower-income children living with married parents; and no change in the percentage of higher-income children living with married parents. The trend away from single mothers was evident among all racial groups, primarily among lower-income populations. (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Blacks, Child Welfare, Early Parenthood, Family Income, Family Structure, Hispanic Americans, Mothers, One Parent Family, Poverty, Racial Differences, Welfare Reform
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington, DC.