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Diverse family living situations and child development: a multi-level analysis comparing longitudinal evidence from Britain and The United States

H Joshi, EC Cooksey, RD Wiggins, A McCulloch, G Verropoulou and L Clarke

in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family

Volume 13, issue 3, pages 292-314
Published in print December 1999 | ISSN: 1360-9939
Published online December 1999 | e-ISSN: 1464-3707 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/lawfam/13.3.292
Diverse family living situations and child development: a multi-level analysis comparing longitudinal evidence from Britain and The United States

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This study uses national data from both Great Britain and the United States to examine the relationship between children's family history and their educational and behavioural development. We use a multivariate, multi-level modelling strategy to estimate heterogeneity both within and between families. Our results show that associations between family living situations and children's well-being appear to be mediated by levels of human, financial and social capital available to children. Contrary to expectations, we found no evidence that children with non-traditional family living experiences are any more likely to be negatively impacted in Britain than across the Atlantic where diverse living arrangements are more widespread.

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