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ERIC Number: EJ965819
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1088-8691
Youths' Caretaking of Their Adolescent Sisters' Children: Its Costs and Benefits for Youths' Development
East, Patricia L.; Weisner, Thomas S.; Reyes, Barbara T.
Applied Developmental Science, v10 n2 p86-95 2006
This study examined how time spent caring for a teenage sister's child and experiences in providing care related to youths' young adult outcomes. Latino and African American youths (N = 108) were studied during middle and late adolescence. Results indicated that youths who provided many hours of child care were more stressed and had lower school grades but also reported a greater life satisfaction, a stronger school orientation, and were less likely to drop out of school. Negative experiences in providing care were associated with a lower likelihood of school dropout and teenage pregnancy. Findings suggest that the extent of sibling caregiving in teenage childbearing families incurs both developmental costs and benefits. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California