1st Edition

Divorce, Family Structure, and the Academic Success of Children

ISBN 9780789014870
Published April 1, 2002 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

Trace the influence of family factors on children's emotional and educational well-being!

The effect of family changes on children's academic success is a new subject for study. Divorce, Family Structure, and the Academic Success of Children is a comprehensive volume that brings research on this hotly debated topic up to date. With clear tables and incisive arguments, it is a single-volume reference on this vexing sociocultural problem.

Divorce, Family Structure, and the Academic Success of Children offers a close look at the historical background and current theory of this field of study. But it is more than a compendium of known facts and completed studies. It examines issues of appropriate methodology and points out concerns for planning future research.

Divorce, Family Structure, and the Academic Success of Children summarizes current knowledge of the effects of various influences on children's emotional and educational well-being, including:

  • divorce and remarriage
  • single-parent families
  • nontraditional family structures
  • race
  • socioeconomic status
  • mobility
Educators, theorists, sociologists, and psychologists will find this volume an essential resource. With hundreds of useful references and clear organization, it presents new ideas in an easy-to-use format that makes it an ideal textbook as well.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Historical Background of the Study
  • Chronological Highlights
  • Historical and Contemporary Facts Regarding Family Structure
  • Chapter 2. Research Regarding the Effects of Family Structure on Children
  • The Effects of Divorce on Academic Achievement: Research Results
  • The Effects of Remarriage Following Divorce on Academic Achievement
  • The Emotional and Psychological Effects of Divorce on Children
  • Circumstances That Can Influence the Effects of Divorce
  • The Influence of Time on the Effects of Divorce
  • The Effects of Divorce by Race
  • Chapter 3. Methodological Issues in Research on Divorce and Family Structure
  • Theory and Research Literature
  • Relevant Research Syntheses and Meta-Analyses
  • Methods
  • Models
  • Chapter 4. The Problems with Using Socioeconomic Status in Research
  • The Importance of Using SES Variables
  • The Issue of Causality
  • Predisruption versus Postdisruption Variables
  • Chapter 5. Problems Involving Analysis of Socioeconomic Status
  • Predisruption SES Variables
  • Results Using the Postdisruption SES Measures
  • Obtaining Effects for Divorce Using a Predisruption Control for SES
  • Discussion
  • Chapter 6. Determining the Effects for Remarriage
  • Results for Study Number 1
  • Discussion
  • Results for Study Number 2
  • Discussion
  • Chapter 7. Remarriage and Mobility
  • Hypotheses and Analyses Undertaken
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Chapter 8. The Effects of Living with Neither Parent on Academic Achievement
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Chapter 9. The Effects of the Most Common Family Structures on Academic Achievement
  • Theoretical Framework
  • Family Structure Variables
  • Discussion
  • Chapter 10. Longitudinal Analysis of the Effects of Remarriage Following Divorce on Academic Achievement
  • Methods and Data Sources
  • Models
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Chapter 11. Testing Other Important Hypotheses
  • The Proper Category Hypothesis
  • Custodial Parent's Gender Hypothesis
  • The Distinction Hypothesis
  • Chapter 12. What Does It All Mean?
  • Consequences of Underestimating Influence of Family Structure
  • Sensitizing Educators to the Challenges of Children from Nontraditional Families
  • Alternative Ways to Control for SES
  • Summary
  • References
  • Index

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