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Single-Parent Family Structure, Child Development, and Child's Well-being

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This research investigates the effect of single-parent family structure on child physical and mental well-being and the mediating role of family economic resources, child's school engagement, and extra-curriculum social development in this relationship. Using data from a nationally representative sample (NSAF), we find that single-parent family structure has a significant and detrimental effect on child well-being controlling for demographic background. Moreover, although to different extents, family economic resources, child's school engagement, and extra-curriculum social development all contribute to this link. Nevertheless, about half of the original effect of single-parent family structure remains unexplained. Mechanisms through which family structure affects child well-being are complex. This study touches family-based economic and social pathways to some extent, but family structure may negatively affect a child’s psychological resources such as a sense of self-esteem, self-control, and self-efficacy which are perhaps health-promoting resources distinct from economic power and social development. These psychological pathways are warranted to study in future work.

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child's health, single family, blended family, school engagement, participation in extra-curriculum activities
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Wen, Ming. "Single-Parent Family Structure, Child Development, and Child's Well-being" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Marriott Hotel, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, Aug 12, 2005 <Not Available>. 2017-10-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p23369_index.html>

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Wen, M. , 2005-08-12 "Single-Parent Family Structure, Child Development, and Child's Well-being" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Marriott Hotel, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2017-10-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p23369_index.html

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Abstract: This research investigates the effect of single-parent family structure on child physical and mental well-being and the mediating role of family economic resources, child's school engagement, and extra-curriculum social development in this relationship. Using data from a nationally representative sample (NSAF), we find that single-parent family structure has a significant and detrimental effect on child well-being controlling for demographic background. Moreover, although to different extents, family economic resources, child's school engagement, and extra-curriculum social development all contribute to this link. Nevertheless, about half of the original effect of single-parent family structure remains unexplained. Mechanisms through which family structure affects child well-being are complex. This study touches family-based economic and social pathways to some extent, but family structure may negatively affect a child’s psychological resources such as a sense of self-esteem, self-control, and self-efficacy which are perhaps health-promoting resources distinct from economic power and social development. These psychological pathways are warranted to study in future work.


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