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Family policy, family structure, and children's educational achievement

Hampden-Thompson, Gillian



This study explored the interface between policy, the family, and educational outcomes. More specifically, this research examined how the association between single motherhood and children?s literacy achievement is affected by a country?s family policy environment. Using data from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and national level comparative policy data, the results from the 2-level hierarchical linear models indicate that in those countries that have policies that favor low-income single-parent families, the literacy gap decreases in size between students who reside in single-mother households and their counterparts who reside in two-parent families.


Hampden-Thompson, G. (2013). Family policy, family structure, and children's educational achievement. Social Science Research, 42, 804--817.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2013
Deposit Date Sep 11, 2023
Journal Social Science Research
Print ISSN 0049-089X
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 42
Pages 804--817
Keywords Family policy, PISA, Family structure, Educational achievement, Comparative, Single-mother families
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