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Title:The effects of child support on educational attainment of young adults: Changes during the 1980s
Author(s):Hernandez, Pedro M.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Beller, Andrea H.
Department / Program:Human and Community Development
Discipline:Sociology, Individual and Family Studies
Human and Community Development
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Individual and Family Studies
Sociology, Public and Social Welfare
Sociology, Demography
Abstract:This study examines the effects of child support payments on the educational attainment of young adults in the United States over the 1980s. Its major objective is to investigate why child support has such a strong positive effect on children's educational attainment relative to other sources of income. Data from the 1979, 1984, and 1988 Current Population Survey (CPS) Child Support Supplements were used to assess the impact of the improvements in the child support enforcement system, which should have increased the proportion of reluctant payers among fathers paying support over this period. Two of the hypotheses tested were that the negative effect of living in a single-parent family and the positive effect of child support income on educational attainment decreased over time. The results if anything suggest that the former effect became more negative over time whereas child support income has become less effective at eliminating this negative effect. These findings are consistent with the interpretation that the impact of child support on children's educational attainment represents in part characteristics of the father-child relationship.
Issue Date:1996
Rights Information:Copyright 1996 Hernandez, Pedro M.
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9625143
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9625143

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