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ERIC Number: EJ1049991
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Developmental Changes in Impacts of an Antipoverty Experiment on Low-Income Children's Structured Out-of-School Time
Epps, Sylvia R.; Huston, Aletha C.; Bobbitt, Kaeley C.
Developmental Psychology, v49 n9 p1763-1774 Sep 2013
The experiment reported here tested impacts of New Hope, an employment-based poverty intervention for adults on developmental patterns of children's participation in structured out-of-school activities, using a cross-sequential design spanning ages 6 through 19. New Hope increased participation in activities (lessons, sports, religious, clubs, community centers, service). Its effects did not vary significantly across age, time of measurement, or gender, lasting well beyond parents' eligibility for program benefits. Overall participation peaked in early adolescence, declining thereafter. Policies that enhance participation during middle childhood may have long-term benefits because structured activities can provide opportunities for skill development and adult supervision that may be especially useful for children from low-income families.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: US Department of Health and Human Services; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH); National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin
Grant or Contract Numbers: HD36038-08; 5 R24 HD042849-04; 5 T32 HD007081