ERIC Number: EJ778848
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 83
Living Arrangements and Children's Development in Low-Income White, Black, and Latino Families
Foster, E. Michael; Kalil, Ariel
Child Development, v78 n6 p1657-1674 Nov-Dec 2007
This article uses longitudinal data from approximately 2,000 low-income families participating in the national evaluation of the Comprehensive Child Development Program to examine the associations between preschool children's living arrangements and their cognitive achievement and emotional adjustment. The analysis distinguishes families in which children live only with their mothers from children who live in biological father, blended, and multi-generational households. Linkages are examined separately for White, Black, and Latino children. Fixed effects regression techniques reveal few significant associations between living arrangements and child development. These findings suggest that substantial diversity exists in the developmental contexts among children living in the same family structure. Policies seeking to change the living arrangements of low-income children may do little to improve child well-being.
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Preschool Children, Emotional Adjustment, Family Structure, Low Income Groups, Child Development, Whites, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Correlation, Family Environment, Cognitive Development, Emotional Development
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
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