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ERIC Number: EJ1136004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1522-7227
Marital Status, Home Environments, and Family Strain: Complex Effects on Preschool Children's School Readiness Skills
Son, SeungHee Claire; Peterson, Mieko Fuse
Infant and Child Development, v26 n2 Mar-Apr 2017
The current study examined the complex associations among marital status, home environments, and family strain (i.e. income, maternal depressive symptoms, social support, and parenting stress), as they predict preschool children's pre-academic and social skills at 36 and 54 months. Findings from the [National Institute of Child Health and Human Development] NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (N = 897) showed that the home learning environment, which was significantly lower among single-parent families, worked as a mediator to explain the relationship between single-parent families and children's pre-academic skills at 36 and 54 months. Additionally, parenting stress, which was significantly higher among single-parent families, worked as a mediator to explain the relationship between single status and the home learning environment. Finally, moderation analyses showed that family income is important for improving the home social environment, and the home social environment is strongly associated with children's social skills in single-parent families, but not in cohabiting families.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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