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Economic deprivation, maternal depression, parenting and children's cognitive and emotional development in early childhood

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  • Kathleen E. Kiernan
  • Maria Carmen Huerta
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    This study uses data from the UK Millennium Cohort Study to examine the extent to which economic circumstances in infancy and mother's mental well-being are associated with children's cognitive development and behaviour problems at age 3 years, and what part parenting behaviours and attitudes play in mediating these factors. The analyses derived from Structural Equation Modelling show that economic deprivation and maternal depression separately and collectively diminish the cognitive and emotional well-being of children, and part of this diminution emanates from less nurturing and engaged parenting by those with less economic and emotional resources.

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    Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library in its series LSE Research Online Documents on Economics with number 43720.

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    Date of creation: 2008
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    Publication status: Published in British Journal of Sociology, 2008, 59(4), pp. 783-806. ISSN: 0007-1315
    Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:43720

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    Keywords: poverty; maternal depression; parenting; cognitive development; behaviour problems; Structural Equation Modelling;

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    1. Sara McLanahan, 2009. "Children in Fragile Families," Working Papers 1191, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Research on Child Wellbeing..

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