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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

Authors

Editors

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

Publication date

Nov 2016

Summary

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.

Subjects

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

Links

https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/2016/11/10/new-insights

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