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Combined Effect of Mothers' and Fathers' Mental Health Symptoms on Children's Behavioral and Emotional Well-Being


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  • Robert S. Kahn
  • Dominique Brandt
  • Robert C. Whitaker
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    Although many studies have examined the effects on children of mother’s mental health symptoms, few have included information about the father’s mental health. This study examined whether a father’s mental health modifies the association between the mother’s mental health and the child’s behavioral and emotional health. The authors find that a father in better mental health buffers the influence of a mother’s poorer mental health on a child’s behavioral and emotional problems. They also conclude that these problems seem to be most severe for children who have two parents with poorer mental health.

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    Paper provided by Mathematica Policy Research in its series Mathematica Policy Research Reports with number 4134.

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    Length: 10
    Date of creation: 30 Aug 2004
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    Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:4134

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    1. J. L. Figueroa, 2013. "Distributional effects of OPORTUNIDADES on early child development," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 13/840, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
    2. Claire M. Kamp Dush, 2010. "Sliding Out? Cohabitation Dissolution in Low-Income Families," Working Papers 1279, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Research on Child Wellbeing..


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