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The Impact of Parental Marital Disruption on Children's Performance in School

Christopher Charles Weiss; Kathleen A. Foley

Title:
The Impact of Parental Marital Disruption on Children's Performance in School
Author(s):
Weiss, Christopher Charles
Foley, Kathleen A.
Date:
Type:
Working papers
Department:
Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
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Series:
ISERP Working Papers
Part Number:
06-01
Abstract:
Although it is well-documented that children from divorced or single-parent families have lower performance in school, little is known about whether the timing of divorce is linked to a decline in school performance. In this paper, we examine whether and how the timing of change in parents' marital status influences the odds that a child is held back a grade in school using the Baltimore Parenthood Study, a thirty-year longitudinal study that has tracked the lives of inner-city families. Using logistic regression and hazard analysis, we show that the odds that a child is held back in school increase dramatically around the period of marital dissolution.
Subject(s):
Social research
Education
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