Family Instability

The NCFMR funded the following five proposals in 2008 supporting innovative approaches to research about family structure and financial instability. The grantees have submitted working papers for inclusion in our Working Paper Series.

Distinguishing between Family Structure and Family Instability on Child and Adolescent Well-Being in Low-income Families
  • Heather J. Bachman, PI, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh
  • Rebekah Levine Coley, Co-I, Lynch School of Education, Boston College
    •  WP-09-07 
      • Published in Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.
        • Bachman, H. J., Coley, R. L., & Carrano, J. (2011). "Maternal Relationship Instability Influences on Children's Emotional and Behavioral Functioning in Low-Income Families." Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 39:1149–1161 DOI 10.1007/s10802-011-9535-1
      • Published in Journal of Family Psychology.
        • Bachman, H. J., Coley, R. L., & Carrano, J. (2012). "Low-income mothers' patterns of partnership instability and adolescents' behavioral and emotional well-being." Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 263-273; doi: 10.1037/a0027427  
    • RB-10-01

Family Instability, Early Social Competence, and Later Romantic Activity in Adolescence
  • Shannon Cavanagh, PI, and Kate Sullivan, Co-I, Sociology/Population Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Effect of Family Instability on Adolescents' Behavior
  • Paula Fomby, PI, University of Colorado Denver, and Stefanie Mollborn and Christie A. Sennott, Co-I's, University of Colorado Boulder
    • WP-09-05
      • Published in Social Science Research.
        • Fomby, P. & Sennott, C. A. (2013). "Family structure instability and mobility: The consequences for adolescents' problem behavior." Social Science Research, 42: 181-206; doi:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2012.08.016
      • Published in Journal of Marriage and Family.
        • Fomby, P., Mollborn, St., & Sennott, C. A. (2010). "Race/Ethnic Differences in Effects of Family Instability on Adolescents' Risk Behavior." Journal of Marriage and Family, 72(2): 234-253 doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00696.x
    • RB-09-04
    • RB-09-03

Family Instability and Adolescent Educational Success: The Accumulation and Timing of Family Transitions Across Childhood
  • Holly E. Heard, PI, Department of Sociology, Rice University

Family Instability, Interparental Conflict and Child Adjustment: Exploring the Role of Children's Physiological Stress-System Activity and Negative Emotionality
  • Patricia Pendry, PI, Program on Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University

Grant Awardees