ERIC Number: ED485784
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Food Hardships and Child Behavior Problems among Low-Income Children. Discussion Paper No. 1290-04
Slack, Kristen Shook; Yoo, Joan
Institute for Research on Poverty
Using data from two waves of a panel study of families who currently or recently received cash welfare benefits, we test hypotheses about the relationship between food hardships and behavior problems among two different age groups (458 children ages 3-5-and 747 children ages 6-12). Results show that food hardships are positively associated with externalizing behavior problems for older children, even after controlling for potential mediators such as parental stress, warmth, and depression. Food hardships are positively associated with internalizing behavior problems for older children, and with both externalizing and internalizing behavior problems for younger children, but these effects are mediated by parental characteristics. The implications of these findings for child and family interventions and food assistance programs are discussed.
Descriptors: Child Behavior, Behavior Problems, Depression (Psychology), Welfare Services, Nutrition, Hunger, Children, Intervention, Interviews
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Woods Fund of Chicago, IL.; National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.