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Parental Investment in Children: Differential Pathways of Parental Education and Mental Health

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  • CHIKAKO YAMAUCHI

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This article examines pathways through which parental characteristics might affect children's cognitive and behavioural outcomes. Using the 2004 Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, I show that more educated and mentally healthier parents are likely to have children with better outcomes. Educated parents are more frequently engaged in education-oriented activities with their children, whereas mentally healthier parents exhibit more favourable parenting practices. To the extent that these results reflect causal relationships, they suggest that parental education and mental health affect children's outcomes through different pathways. Copyright © 2009 The Economic Society of Australia.

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Article provided by The Economic Society of Australia in its journal Economic Record.

Volume (Year): 86 (2010)
Issue (Month): 273 (06)
Pages: 210-226

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ecorec:v:86:y:2010:i:273:p:210-226

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