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ERIC Number: EJ1049992
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Relations between Housing Characteristics and the Well-Being of Low-Income Children and Adolescents
Coley, Rebekah Levine; Leventhal, Tama; Lynch, Alicia Doyle; Kull, Melissa
Developmental Psychology, v49 n9 p1775-1789 Sep 2013
Extant research has highlighted the importance of multiple characteristics of housing but has not comprehensively assessed a broad range of housing characteristics and their relative contributions to children's well-being. Using a representative, longitudinal sample of low-income children and adolescents from low-income urban neighborhoods (N = 2,437, ages 2-21 years) from the "Three-City Study", this study assessed housing quality, stability, type (i.e., ownership status and subsidy status), and cost simultaneously to delineate their unique associations with children's development. Hierarchical linear models found that poor housing quality was most consistently associated with children's and adolescents' development, including worse emotional and behavioral functioning and lower cognitive skills. These associations operated in part through mothers' psychological functioning. Residential instability showed mixed links with functioning, whereas housing cost and type were not consistently predictive. Results suggest that housing contexts are associated with functioning across the developmental span from early childhood through late adolescence, with some differences in patterns by child age.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH); Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (DHHS); Administration on Developmental Disabilities (DHHS); Administration for Children and Families (DHHS); National Institute of Mental Health (DHHS/NIH); Social Security Administration
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Massachusetts; Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Home Observation for Measurement of Environment; Brief Symptom Inventory; Child Behavior Checklist; Woodcock Johnson Psycho Educational Battery
Grant or Contract Numbers: HD36093; HD25936