Family Stability and Instability among Low-Income Hispanic Mothers with Young Children

Publication number: 2017-12

Author(s): Elizabeth Karberg; Natasha Cabrera; Jay Fagan; Mindy E. Scott; Lina Guzman

Publication date: Feb 2017

Doc type: Brief

In this brief, we examine patterns of stability and instability in family structure (i.e., change in romantic residential relationship status) among urban low-income Hispanic mothers with young children. We focus on mothers with young children because children’s early home experiences can have a profound influence on their well-being and life trajectories. Moreover, while couples tend to stay together during and immediately after a birth, relationship dissolution, one form of family instability, becomes more common during the child’s first years of life.

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