- Oxford Library Of Psychology
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editors
- Introduction: Why Study Poverty?
- How Poverty Gets Under the Skin: A Life Course Perspective
- Economic Hardship and Its Consequences Across Generations
- Poverty Status and the Effects of Family Structure on Child Well-Being
- Long-Term Consequences of Child Neglect in Low-Income Families
- Children and Families in Poverty: Federal Perspectives on Applied Research and Evaluation
- The Early Development of Vagal Tone: Effects of Poverty and Elevated Contextual Risk
- Maternal Mental Health and Child Health and Nutrition
- Fatherhood and Fathering Among Low-Income and Minority Men
- Adolescent Parenting: Risk and Protective Factors in the Context of Poverty
- Cognitive Development and Family Resources Among Children of Immigrant Families
- The Dynamic of Poverty and Affluence in Child Adoption
- Poverty, Stress, and Autonomic Reactivity
- Employment in Low-Income Families
- Nonstandard Work Schedules and Child Development
- How Welfare and Employment Policies Influence Children's Development
- Work-Family Policies and Child Well-Being in Low-Income Families
- SES, Childhood Experience, and the Neural Bases of Cognition
- Family Factors, Childcare Quality, and Cognitive Outcomes
- Child Health and Early Education
- Child Care and Early Education for Low-Income Families: Choices and Consequences
- Evidence-Based School Interventions to Reduce Achievement Inequality
- Poverty and HPA Functioning in Young Children
- Extrafamilial Contexts and Children's Conduct Problems
- Neighborhood Effects on Children's Achievement: A Review of Recent Research
- Children Living in Rural Poverty: The Role of Chaos in Early Development
- Homelessness and Child Outcomes
- Poverty and Possibility in the Lives of American Indian and Alaska Native Children
- Poverty, the Development of Effortful Control, and Children's Academic, Social, and Emotional Adjustment
- Preventive Interventions: Parenting and the Home Environment
- Interventions for Low-Income Families: Sesame Workshop's Educational Outreach and the Healthy Habits for Life Initiative
- Translating Longitudinal, Developmental Research With Rural African American Families Into Prevention Programs for Rural African American Youth
- Conditional Cash Transfer Programs: Effects on Growth, Health, and Development in Young Children
- Children in Global Adversity: Physical, Mental, Behavioral, and Symbolic Dimensions of Health
- Addressing the Consequences of Concentrated Adversity on Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Everyday Distress: Psychosocial and Economic Impact of Forced Migration on Children and Families
- Cross-Cultural and Cross-National Parenting Perspectives
- Humanitarian Crises in Low-Resource Settings: Evidence-Based Mental Health and Psychosocial Interventions for Children
- Future Directions in Research on Children and Poverty
Abstract and Keywords
In the past 50 years the labor force participation rate of mothers has surged, and rising numbers of children are spending time in nonparental care. These increases are especially dramatic for single mothers and mothers with young children. As a result, the effects of parental employment on child socioemotional, cognitive, and health outcomes in a low-income context have gained research attention. Findings highlight important differences between employment in low income samples versus higher or nationally representative income samples. In a low-income context results suggest that employment has either no association or a small positive association with child development. Yet, in a nationally representative context, the majority of studies suggest that early employment has a negative association with child socioemotional and cognitive development. Differences in effects by income are likely due to differences in the way low- and higher income children experience the pathways through which employment is linked with development. Parental employment out of the home influences aspects of the child's environment. Employment has been associated with the amount of time spent with a child, the amount of language used by parents with the child, the parent-child attachment relationship, the home environment, child care arrangements, the household income, and the family's access to health care. In turn, these environmental characteristics impact the socioemotional, cognitive, and physical development of the child. Implications and future directions for this field of work are discussed.
Nina M. Philipsen Hetzner, Columbia University.
Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Teachers College, Columbia University.
Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.
If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.