Child & Family

If you Give a Kid a Preschool, She’ll Probably Want to Learn: Insights into Head Start

New research based on the Head Start Impact Study helps identify the program characteristics that lead to the greatest student gains.

Sheltered Without Support: Where Do Most Homeless Families End Up?

Mothers of families struggling with homelessness most frequently seek out two main sources of help: doubling up by moving in with friends and family and emergency shelter stays. Both of these options offer an immediate reprieve but may have negative long-term effects.

Buckling Down By Lightening Up: How Humor Can Boost Students’ Persistence

In a randomized experiment, students who watched a funny video persisted with a mentally taxing task twice as long as other students.

Staying Positive: How Middle Schoolers’ Attitudes About Themselves Influence Academic and Emotional Outcomes

For many students, their time spent in middle school is characterized by upheaval and vulnerability. New data, however, suggests that students’ perception of their own intelligence and well-being has a significant impact on their success.

Working for free: A look into the informal elder care sector

A new study uses data from the American Time Use Survey to estimate the shockingly high hidden cost of unpaid elder care in the US.

When One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Differing Outcomes for Foster Children in Group Homes

A study investigates how certain children in the foster care system may respond negatively to placements in group homes.

Live Fast, Die Young, Defend Your Status: The Code of Retaliation

A harsh childhood can lead to a life strategy that condones violence in response to status threats. An economic game shows that such a worldview is linked to heightened envy in unfair situations.

Too Much or Not Enough? Rethinking School Breakfast Programs

Research suggests that school breakfast programs may be falling short of the goal to provide universal access to a nutritional morning meal and may be contributing to unhealthy amounts of food intake.

The Price of Non-Admission: Costs of Not Attending College

New research suggests that college education is beneficial for marginal students, with strong effects on future earnings, particularly for men and high school students who received free lunch.

It Takes a Village: The Effects of Familial Financial Support on Children Raised by Single Mothers

New research shows that support from fathers, family, and friends plays a crucial role in relieving the economic burden of low-income, single mothers, resulting in benefits for the behavioral and developmental outcomes of their children.

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