Family Structure And Children's Physical And Mental Health

Bramlett, Matthew D.; Blumberg, Stephen J.
March 2007
Health Affairs;Mar/Apr2007, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p549
Academic Journal
Using the 2003 National Survey of Children's Health, this paper examines the physical and mental health of children by family structure. Children in step, single-mother, or grandparent-only families had poorer health than children living with two biological parents. Adjusting for demographic differences reduced observed disparities, although children living in single-mother or grandparent-only families still had poorer health than children living with two biological parents. Adjusted estimates showed that children in single-father families generally did as well as (for mental health) or better than (for physical health) children living with two biological parents.


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