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Book Chapter Insights 2016: findings from the largest longitudinal study of UK households Ch. 3: Parents and children

Family instability throughout childhood: building a more detailed picture



Michaela Benzeval, Ricky Kanabar, Nicole Martin, Victoria Nolan, and Raj Patel

Publication date

Nov 2016


Research has persistently shown that children’s family circumstance can provide a key explanation for how social inequalities perpetuate across generations. Children born to well-educated mothers are likely to spend much of their childhood with both their birth parents, and children born to less educated mothers are likely to spend more time living in a lone parent family or with step-parents. The experience of these different family situations affects both family income – as lone parents are typically less well-off than couple families – and parental contact time – as children will typically spend less time with (usually) their father after parental separation.


Lone Parents, Young People, Households, Family Formation And Dissolution, and Life Course Analysis



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