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

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JournalJOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE FAMILY STUDIES
DatePublished - 2005
Issue number2
Volume36
Number of pages23
Pages (from-to)227-248
Original languageEnglish

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 5(th) 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 two-parent 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.

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  • TIMSS, Single Parent Families, Achievement

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