Promoting the positive development of boys in high-poverty neighborhoods: Evidence from four anti-poverty experiments

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This study uses geocoded address data and information about parents' economic behavior and children's development from four random-assignment welfare and anti-poverty experiments conducted during the 1990s. We find that the impacts of these welfare and anti-poverty programs on boys' and girls' developmental outcomes during the transition to early adolescence differ as a function of neighborhood poverty levels. The strongest positive impacts of these programs are among boys who lived in high-poverty neighborhoods at the time their parents enrolled in the studies, with smaller or nonstatistically significant effects for boys in lower-poverty neighborhoods and for girls across all neighborhoods. This research informs our understanding of how neighborhood context and child gender may interact with employment-based policies to affect children's well-being. © 2012 The Authors. Journal of Research on Adolescence © 2012 Society for Research on Adolescence.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Snell, EK; Castells, N; Duncan, G; Gennetian, L; Magnuson, K; Morris, P

Published Date

  • June 1, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 357 - 374

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-7795

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1050-8392

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/jora.12014

Citation Source

  • Scopus