Maternal work hours and adolescents' school outcomes among low-income families in four urban counties.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We examine how changes in maternal work hours affect adolescent children's school participation and performance outcomes using data from interviews in 1998 and 2001 with approximately 1700 women who, in May 1995, were welfare-reliant, single mothers of adolescents living in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty in Cuyahoga (Cleveland), Los Angeles, Miami-Dade, and Philadelphia counties. Analyses control for a broad array of mothers' characteristics, including their psychological and physical health, experiences with domestic violence and substance abuse, as well as unobserved time-invariant characteristics. In fixed-effects models, we find unfavorable effects of increased maternal work hours on three of six outcomes: skipping school, performing above average, and parental contact about behavior problems. Adolescent-aged sons seem to be particularly sensitive to changes in mothers' hours of work.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gennetian, LA; Lopoo, LM; London, AS

Published Date

  • February 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 31 - 53

PubMed ID

  • 18390290

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2831377

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1533-7790

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0070-3370

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1353/dem.2008.0003


  • eng