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

  • Joshi H
  • Cooksey E
  • Wiggins R
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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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  • Heather Joshi

  • Elizabeth C. Cooksey

  • Richard D. Wiggins

  • Andrew McCulloch

  • Georgia Verropoulou

  • Lynda Clarke

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