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Ethnicity, family structure and child health: a longitudinal approach

Document type: Projects: In progress/completed
Document language: English
Uploaded By: Allan Colver (allancolver)
Date Uploaded: 2012/01/11 10:59:56.894 GMT+1
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Authors: Ms Lidia Panico
Published on Date: 2011
Funding source project: The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Families provide a wide range of social, economic and emotional resources that influence child well-being and developmental trajectories.The average level of resources will vary across different family types. For this reason, researchers have examined family structure as a determinant of child well-being. Most academic research focuses on the impact of family structure on cognitive, educational and behavioural outcomes for school-aged children, and especially teenagers. We know less about outcomes in early childhood, particularly physical health.

This project is based on previous doctoral work which used longitudinal techniques to test whether family structure (described as whether the child was living with married, cohabiting or a lone parent) and changes in family structure are associated with different measures of child health (such as asthma, BMI, and injuries) and the pathways that underlie these relationships. In line with the Post-Doctoral Fellowship program, the main aims of this project are two-pronged.

  1. To disseminate and expand the doctoral work, through peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations. Together with the Fellowship mentor, Dr Wendy Sigle-Rushton, limited further research will explore whether parameters linking family structure to child health vary by ethnic group.
  2. To develop the expertise necessary to begin an independent research career. Training, the opportunity to network, and the developing of funding proposal for future research are elements of this portion of the fellowship.

Riche Classification

Population Groups: Ethnic minority groups ,
Child Related Topics: Family type ,
Health issues, determinants and measures: Asthma , Injuries ,
Languages and Geographical Perspective: English ,
Study type / scale / state of progress / setting: Longitudinal study - cohort, trend, panel , Ongoing ,