PP18FragileFamilies09.ppt

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http://www.fragilefamilies.princeton.edu/public.asp
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Background 1/3 of children in US born to unmarried parents t Barriers to stable family life Low education Low job skills Poor relationship skills t Importance of policies and services
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Design Follows a cohort of nearly 5,000 children born in the U.S. between 1998 and 2000 (roughly three-quarters of whom were born to unmarried parents) t Interviews with both mothers and fathers at the child’s birth and again when children are ages one, three, and five
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Addressed Four Questions What are the conditions and capabilities of unmarried parents, especially fathers? t What is the nature of the relationships between unmarried parents? t How do children born into these families fare? t How do policies and environmental conditions affect families and children?
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Major Findings Concerning Unmarried Parents High commitment/hopes t Parents poorly equipped to support their families t Majority of mothers and babies were healthy t A substantial number received no prenatal health care t And engaged in risky behaviors t 10% of babies were low birth weight
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2011 for the course FMSC498A 498A taught by Professor Professorwallen during the Fall '09 term at Maryland.

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