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ERIC Number: EJ857147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
The Implications of Grandparent Coresidence for Economic Hardship among Children in Mother-Only Families
Mutchler, Jan E.; Baker, Lindsey A.
Journal of Family Issues, v30 n11 p1576-1597 2009
Estimates suggest that more than 6 million children live with at least one grandparent. Despite evidence establishing the growing prevalence of this arrangement, limited research has focused on estimating the implications of coresidence for the economic well-being of grandchildren. Using data from the 2001 panel of the Survey of Income and Program Participation, this article examines levels of financial hardship among a particularly vulnerable group of children--those living in mother-only families. Findings suggest that children living in mother-only families that include a grandparent are substantially less likely to be living below or near the poverty level, compared with children living in mother-only families without a grandparent present. The financial security of children in these three-generation households is enhanced through significant economic contributions of the grandparents and from household receipt of a wide range of financial resources, including means-tested cash transfers and other income such as Social Security. (Contains 1 figure, 4 tables, and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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