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ERIC Number: EJ812065
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
Family Structure and Children's Health and Behavior: Data from the 1999 National Survey of America's Families
Wen, Ming
Journal of Family Issues, v29 n11 p1492-1519 2008
Using data from the 1999 National Survey of America's Families, this research investigates the association and pathways between family structure and child well-being among children age 6 to 17. Three indicators of child well-being are examined: parent-rated health, limiting health conditions, and child behavior. Results show that both stepfamilies and intact families are advantageous relative to single-parent families. Family socioeconomic status (SES) and social capital are important factors of child well-being and help explain family structure effects. Family SES seems to have a stronger mediating effect than social capital. However, after simultaneously modeling these hypothesized mediators, significant differences in aspects of child well-being across family types persist in most cases. Findings support the idea that differences in child well-being across family types are considerably but not entirely accounted for by family SES, parental participation in religious services, parent-child relationship, and child engagement in extracurricular activities. (Contains 4 tables and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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