Family Structure and Children’s Psychosocial Outcomes

Family Structure and Children’s Psychosocial Outcomes

Family Structure and Children’s Psychosocial Outcomes

Family Structure and Children’s Psychosocial Outcomess

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Wu, Zheng, Hou, Feng et Schimmele, Christoph M. 2008. «Family Structure and Children’s Psychosocial Outcomes ». Journal of Family Issues, vol. 29, no 12, p. 1600-1624.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs


Intentions :
This article aims «[…] to model how cohabitation influences children’s behavioral outcomes through parental separation and to compare cohabitation disruption effects to marital disruption effects.» (p. 1621)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
«The data source comprises five waves of the NLSCY [National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth] (covering 1994-2003), conducted by Statistics Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.» (p. 1607)

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique

3. Résumé


«To test a cohabitation dissolution effect, the regressions measured whether cohabitation breakdown triggers greater changes in children’s behaviors in comparison with continuous residence in an intact cohabiting-parent household. Following the divorce literature, we assumed that cohabitation disruption would have effects similar to those of divorce, such as increasing stress exposure and decreasing resources, on children’s behavioral outcomes. The results provide no support for this assumption, because experiencing a cohabiting-parent union breakdown, in comparison with remaining in a cohabiting-parent household, does not seem to generate an increase in behavioral difficulties. More surprisingly, when compared with children from married-biological parent families, children from disrupted cohabiting families presented positive behavioral changes. Of course, our conclusion is not that cohabitation breakdown is good for children, but cohabitation dissolution does not appear to be bad for children either. The analysis confirms a marital disruption effect, demonstrating that marital dissolution triggers problem behaviors. The pressing question then becomes, why does divorce hurt children but not cohabitation disruption?» (p. 1621-1622) The authors make a comparison between Quebec and the rest of Canada.