Children and Child Well-being

  • FP-17-17
    American Children's Family Structure: Single-Parent Families
  • FP-17-16
    American Children's Family Structure: Stepparent Families
  • FP-17-15
    American Children's Family Structure: Two Biological Parent Families
  • FP-16-11
    Recently Divorced Adults with Resident Minor Children
  • FP-16-09
    Stepfamilies in the U.S.
  • FP-15-21
    Trends in Cohabitation: The Never Married and Previously Married, 1995-2014
  • FP-15-13
    Generation X and Millennials Attitudes About Having & Raising Children in Cohabiting Unions
  • FP-15-11
    Marital Stability Following Mother's 1st Marital Birth
  • FP-15-10
    Remarriage & Stepfamilies
  • FP-15-06
    Relgiosity in U.S. Families: Single, Cohabiting, and Married Mothers
  • FP-15-04
    Number of Children Living in Same-Sex Couple Households, 2013
  • FP-14-04
    Trends in Motherhood Before First Marriage
  • FP-13-19
    Children's Family Structure, 2013
  • FP-13-16
    Diverging Destinies: Children's Family Structure Variation by Maternal Education
  • FP-13-10
    Women Who Gave Birth Within the Past 12 Months, 2011
  • FP-13-09
    Working Women with Children in the Household, 2011
  • FP-13-08
    Receipt of Food & Cash Assistance among Poor Children: Trends and Geographic Variation
  • FP-13-03
    Grandchildren: Living in a Grandparent-Headed Household
  • FP-13-02
    Public Assistance Participation among U.S. Children in Poverty, 2010
  • FP-13-03
    Grandchildren: Living in a Grandparent-Headed Household
  • FP-13-02
    Public Assistance Participation among U.S. Children in Poverty, 2010
  • FP-13-01
    Coresident vs. Non-Coresident Young Adults, 2011
  • FP-12-24
    Intentions and Planning Status of Births: 2000-2010
  • FP-12-18
    Co-Resident Grandparents: Caregivers Versus Non-Caregivers
  • FP-12-17
    Child Poverty in the United States, 2010
  • FP-12-16
    Health Insurance Coverage of U.S. Children, 2010
  • FP-12-15
    Demographic Profile of Same-Sex Parents
  • FP-12-10
    Mothers and Fathers Exiting the Workforce in 2008
  • FP-12-09
    Fatherhood in the U.S.: The Decoupling of Marriage and Childbearing
  • FP-12-08
    Who are Nonresident Fathers? Demographic Characteristics of Nonresident Fathers
  • FP-12-02
    Nonresident Father Visitation
  • FP-12-01
    On the Road to Adulthood: Young Men's Contact with Criminal Justice System
  • FP-11-10
    Fatherhood in the U.S.: Number of Children, 1987-2010
  • FP-11-08
    On the Road to Adulthood: Forming Families
  • FP-11-07
    Children in Cohabiting Unions
  • FP-11-06
    Adoption Motivations Among U.S. Parents
  • FP-11-05
    Adoptive Parents in the U.S., 2007
  • FP-11-04
    Fatherhood in the U.S.: Men's Age at First Birth, 1987-2008
  • FP-10-08
    Same-Sex Couple Households in the U.S., 2009

Working Papers and Publications

  • WP-09-07
    Bachman, H. J., Coley, R. L., & Carrano, J. (July 2009). "Distinguishing between Family Structure and Family Instability on Child Well-Being in Low-Income Families."
    • Published in Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.
      • Published as "Maternal Relationship Instability Influences on Children’s Emotional and Behavioral Functioning in Low-Income Families." Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 39(8): 1149–1161. November 2011. doi: 10.1007/s10802-011-9535-1
    • Published as "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
  • WP-09-11
    Cavanagh, S., & Sullivan, K. (September 2009). "Family Instability, Early Social Competence, and Later Romantic Activity in Adolescence."
  • WP-09-05
    Fomby, P., Mollborn, S., & Sennott, C. A. (July 2009). "Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Effect of Family Instability on Adolescents' Behavior."
    • Published in Journal of Marriage and Family.
      • Published as "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
  • WP-11-06
    Fomby, P., Cavanagh, S., & Goode, J. (November 2011). "Family Instability and School Readiness in the United States and the United Kingdom."
  • WP-09-08
    Fomby, P., & Sennott, C. A. (July 2009). "Family Structure Instability and Residential and School Mobility: The Consequences for Adolescents' Behavior."
    • Published in Social Science Research.
      • "Family Structure Instability and Mobility: The Consequences for Adolescents' Problem Behavior." (2013). Social Science Research, January 2013, Volume 42, Issue 1, Pp. 186-201.
  • WP-10-17
    Gauthier, A. H., & Furstenberg, F. F. Jr. (November 2010). "The Experience of Financial Strain Among Families with Children in the United States."
  • WP-09-06
    Heard, H. E. (July 2009). "Family Instability and Adolescent Educational Success: The Accumulation and Timing of Family Transitions Across Childhood."
  • WP-10-07
    Kalil, A., & Wightman, P. (July 2010). "Parental Job Loss and Family Conflict."
  • WP-10-13
    Pendry, P. (October 2010). "Exploring Links between Interparental Discord, Children's Physiological Stress-System Activity, and Negative Affectivity."
  • WP-12-08
    Porter, L., & King, R. D. (September 2012). "Reconsidering the Relationship between Paternal Incarceration and Delinquency."
    • "A New Look at Paternal Incarceration and Delinquency." Presented with Lauren Porter at the Population Association of America (PAA) Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, (May 2012).
    • "Paternal Incarceration and Childhood Wellbeing: Spurious or Causal Association." Presented at the American Society of Criminology Meetings in Washington, D.C. (2011).
  • WP-09-04
    Rinelli, L. N. (July 2009). "Father Involvement Over Time and Differences by Union Status: A Comparison of Mother and Father Reports."
  • WP-09-03
    Roettger, M. E., Swisher, R. R., Kuhl, D., & Chavez, J. M. (July 2009). "Paternal Incarceration and Altered Trajectories of Marijuana and Hard Drug Use From Adolescence into Adulthood: Evidence From National Panels of U.S. Males and Females."
    • Published in Addiction, 2010; doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2010.03110.x
  • WP-11-01
    Schmeer, K. K. (February 2011). "Early Childhood Economic Disadvantage and the Health of Hispanic Children."
    • Published in Social Science & Medicine.
      • Schmeer, K. K. (2012). "Early childhood economic disadvantage and the health of Hispanic children." Social Science & Medicine. Volume 75, Issue 8, October 2012, Pp. 1523-1530.
  • WP-09-12
    Trella, D. (October 2009). "Relationship Smarts: Assessment of an Adolescent Relationship Education Program."
  • WP-13-01
    WP-12-06
    (Revised January 2013)
    Turney, K., & Wildeman, C. (April 2013). "Redefining Relationships: Explaining the Countervailing Consequences of Paternal Incarceration for Parenting."
    • Published in American Sociological Review.
      • Turney, K., & Wildeman, C. 2013. "Redefining Relationships: Explaining the Countervailing Consequences of Paternal Incarceration for Parenting." American Sociological Review, 78, 949-979. doi:10.1177/0003122413505589

The Data Source

Measures Snapshots

Data Points

Research Briefs

RB-10-01
Bachman, H. J., Coley, R. L., & Carrano, J. (2010). Changes in Family Structure: The Consequences for Children's Well-being.

RB-09-04
Fomby, P., Mollborn, S., & Sennott, C. A. (2009).  Racial and Ethnic Differences in Family Instability: Testing Social Protection and Socioeconomic Stress Theories.

RB-09-03
Fomby, P., & Sennott, C. A. (2009). Changes in Family Structure: Consequences for Adolescents' Behavior.

RB-09-01
Rinelli, L. N. (2009). The Coparenting Relationship: Key to Strengthening Fragile Families.

RB-09-02
Trella, D. (2009). Adolescents and Romantic Relationship Education Programs.

Conference Presentations and Posters

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    Balistreri, K., & Van Hook, J. (2010). Trajectories of Overweight Among U.S. School Children: A focus on social and economic characteristics.Poster presented at the Population Association of America (PAA) 2010 Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX (April).
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    Cohen, J. A. (2011). Childbearing After First Marriage Dissolution: Does Union Status Matter? Poster presented at the Population Association of America (PAA) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (March/April).
  • WP-09-06
    Heard, H. E. (2009). Family Instability and Adolescent Educational Success: The Accumulation and Timing of Family Transitions Across Childhood. Paper presented in 2010: Population Association of America (PAA) 2010 Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX (April); 105th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA), Atlanta, GA (August).
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    Krivickas, K., & Payne, K. (2009). Religion's Influence on Adoption Practices. Poster presented at the 72nd National Conference on Family Relations (NCFR) Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN (November).
  • Paper Forthcoming
    Rinelli, L. N. (2010). The Role of Father Involvement and Coparenting in the Relationship Quality of Cohabiting and Married Parents. Paper presented at the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA), Atlanta, GA (August).
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    Rinelli, L. N. (2009). Supportiveness, Father Involvement, & Coparenting: Union Transitions Among Cohabiting Parents. Poster presented at the Population Association of America (PAA) 2009 Annual Meeting, Detroit, MI (April).
  • Rinelli, L. N. (2009). A Comparison of Mother and Father Reports of Father Involvement. Paper presented at the Population Association of America (PAA) 2009 Annual Meeting, Detroit, MI (April).

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