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ERIC Number: ED480459
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Children's Living Arrangements and Characteristics: March 2002. Current Population Reports.
Fields, Jason
As part of the 2002 Current Population Survey, this report presents information on several characteristics of children, covering different aspects of their lives. It focuses on demographic characteristics of the child population of the United States and family living arrangements, including single parent families, cohabiting parent families, and the presence of "coresident" grandparents; parents' and children's labor force participation, featuring new estimates of children living with "stay-at-home" fathers and mothers; and the economic status of children's families, including participation in public assistance programs and health insurance coverage of children. Finally, the distribution of the child population by their nativity status and that of their parents illustrates the diversity of the youngest segment of the U.S. population. Overall, children living with two parents were consistently more economically advantaged than children living in other types of living arrangements. Even among children living with two parents, 9 percent lacked health insurance, 8 percent were living below the poverty level, and 4 percent lived in households receiving food stamps. Children in two parent families generally had greater access to more financial resources and greater amounts of parental time. They were also more likely to participate in extracurricular activities, progress more steadily in school, and have more supervision over their activities. (Contains 9 tables and 27 footnotes.) (SM)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Washington, DC. Economics and Statistics Administration.