ERIC Number: EJ941244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
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Reference Count: 48
Parental Work Schedules and Children's Cognitive Trajectories
Han, Wen-Jui; Fox, Liana E.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v73 n5 p962-980 Oct 2011
Previous work has shown an association between mothers' nonstandard work schedules and children's well-being. We built on this research by examining the relationship between parental shift work and children's reading and math trajectories from age 5-6 to 13-14. Using data (N = 7,105) from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and growth-curve modeling, we found that children's math and reading trajectories were related to parents' nonstandard shifts (i.e., evening, night, or variable). We found that having a mother who worked more years at a night shift was associated with lower reading scores, having a mother work more years at evening or night shifts was associated with reduced math trajectories, and having a father work more years at an evening shift was associated with reduced math scores. Mediation tests suggest that eating meals together, parental knowledge about children's whereabouts, and certain after-school activities might help explain these results.
Descriptors: Working Hours, School Activities, Mothers, Academic Achievement, Correlation, Well Being, Longitudinal Studies, Reading Achievement, Scores, Mathematics Achievement, Parenting Styles, Parent Child Relationship, Fathers, After School Programs
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth