ERIC Number: EJ819099
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
The Timing of Family Instability and Children's Social Development
Cavanagh, Shannon E.; Huston, Aletha C.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v70 n5 p1258-1270 Dec 2008
This study extends the growing literature of family instability by investigating the significance of its timing for children's social adjustment. We find that more than a third of the 1,364 elementary school children in the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development experienced some family structure change. Their cumulative level of family instability was associated with multiple indicators of social development at the end of elementary school, associations that were especially strong for boys. These associations were driven largely by the lasting effect of family change in early childhood, demonstrating the significance of early family instability for children's later social development.
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Family Life, Social Adjustment, Family Structure, Social Development, Gender Differences, Young Children, Family Influence, Child Welfare, Correlation, Family Environment, Family Problems
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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