January 11, 2017

CSSRR Sociology–January 11, 2017

Filed under: S. Working Papers,Sociology — admin @ 5:14 pm

Center for Research on Child Wellbeing [Princeton University] Working Paper: “Explaining the Consequences of Paternal Incarceration for Children’s Behavioral Problems,” by Allison Dwyer Emory (WP17-01-FF, January 2017, .pdf format, 37p.).


Paternal incarceration has consistently been linked with aggression and acting-out in children, yet mechanisms underlying these behavioral problems remain unclear. Identifying these paths is essential for understanding how incarceration contributes to intergenerational disadvantage and determining how best to mitigate these collateral consequences for children. This article tests the extent to which changes incarceration imposes on children’s families after incarceration fill this important gap. Two key findings emerge from structural equation models using the longitudinal Fragile Families study. First, changes occurring within the child’s family account for nearly half of the total association between recent paternal incarceration and aggressive or externalizing behavior. Second, the father’s disengagement from the family and increased material hardship are the strongest and most consistent mechanisms. These findings suggest that targeting these two co-occurring hardships that families face when an incarceration occurs may be valuable for addressing child behavior.



Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research Working Paper: “Individual’s socioeconomic status, spousal and children’s education associated with self-rated health among Chinese elderly people,” by Lei Yang, Karri Silventoinen and Pekka Martikainen (WP-2017-01, January 2017, .pdf format, 22p.). Note: Links to the abstract and the full text of the paper available at:


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