ERIC Number: EJ850091
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
Family Structure States and Transitions: Associations with Children's Well-Being during Middle Childhood
Magnuson, Katherine; Berger, Lawrence M.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v71 n3 p575-591 Aug 2009
Using longitudinal data from the Maternal and Child Supplement of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (N = 3,862) and Hierarchical Linear Models, we estimated associations of family structure states and transitions with children's achievement and behavior trajectories during middle childhood. Results suggest that residing in a single-mother family was associated with small increases in behavior problems and decreases in achievement and that residing in a social-father family was associated with small increases in behavior problems. Family structure transitions, in general, were associated with increases in behavior problems and marginally associated with decreases in achievement. Transitioning to a single-mother family was associated with increases in behavior problems, whereas transitioning to a social-father family was associated with decreases in reading achievement.
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Parent Child Relationship, Family Structure, Well Being, Longitudinal Studies, Academic Achievement, One Parent Family, Divorce, Emotional Adjustment, Child Behavior, Social Indicators, Stress Variables
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth