Lecture: Growing up in a One Parent Family: The “family structure” debate

Lecture: Growing up in a One Parent Family: The “family structure” debate

Growing up in a One Parent Family: The “family structure” debate
Dr. Carmel Hannan, Department of Sociology, University of Limerick
Venue: E1-022 (1st Floor, Main Building)
Friday 20th February at 3pm

All are welcome

Abstract:

A large body of international literature has documented a correlation between non-traditional family structure and poorer child outcomes, yet researchers continue to disagree as to whether the association represents a true causal effect. The availability of data from the Growing up in Ireland child cohort study allows us to dwell deep into the evidence on the benefit of marriage in Ireland. By employing propensity score matching we find that, on average, non-marriage has negative effects on a child educational development but the effects are smaller in relation to health outcomes and the child’s self-concept. However, selection effects account for a non-trivial proportion of the differences in child outcomes across lone-mother and cohabiting families. This has important implications for policies which promote marriage as the key to child development as it appears that much of the benefits of marriage are not related to marriage per se, but to the socio-economic background of mothers.

Event convened by: Department of Psychology, University of Limerick

Contact: laura.mcavinue@ul.ie