Does family policy environment moderate the effect of single-parenthood on children's academic achievement? A study of 14 European countries

Hampden-Thompson, Gillian and Pong, Suet-Ling (2005) Does family policy environment moderate the effect of single-parenthood on children's academic achievement? A study of 14 European countries. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 36 (2). pp. 227-248. ISSN 0047-2328

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Abstract

This paper examines whether national family and welfare policies reduce or exacerbate the effects of single-parenthood on a child's educational achievement. Using the Third International Math and Science Study (TIMSS), we compare 5th grade students from English single-parent families with their counterparts from 13 other European countries. The analysis results suggest that the achievement gap between students from twoparent and single-parent families is far greater in England than it is in all other countries, with the exception of Scotland. The evidence provided in this study suggests that a nation's family policy environment plays an important role in moderating the influence of single-parenthood on children's academic achievement.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: H Social Sciences
L Education
Depositing User: Daniel Hobbs
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2014 14:56
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2014 14:56
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/51414
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