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Author: Palmieri, James Lee
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1. Palmieri, James Lee
Extended Family Living Arrangements and Their Effects on Young Women
Ph.D. Dissertation, Indiana University, 1995
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79, NLSY79
Publisher: UMI - University Microfilms, Bell and Howell Information and Learning
Keyword(s): Adolescent Fertility; Breastfeeding; Child Care; Child Health; Cognitive Development; Endogeneity; Family Structure; Family, Extended; Health Care; Household Composition; Maternal Employment; Modeling; Peabody Individual Achievement Test (PIAT- Math); Peabody Individual Achievement Test (PIAT- Reading); Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT); Pre/post Natal Health Care; Teenagers; Welfare

Current welfare reform proposals frequently require single teenage mothers to live with family members in order to receive benefits. Nevertheless, the economic effects family members have on teenage mothers are not well known. The first essay assesses the effects of postnatal living arrangements of teenage mothers on their future wages, annual hours of work and welfare recipiency. I use a polytomous choice selection rule to control for the possible endogeneity of the postnatal living arrangement. While living with family members has little effect on future wages or hours of work, family members reduce the frequency of welfare recipiency. To what extent do family members affect child development? The second essay of my dissertation examines the effects that postnatal living arrangements have on the children of teenage mothers. Specifically, I examine the influences of postnatal living arrangements on cognitive development and preventive infant care. Overall, living with family members has small, negative effects on cognitive development. Moreover, sharing a home with family members negatively influences the probability that a child will receive basic preventive health care. I use the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth for my dissertation, with supplemental housing cost data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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Palmieri, James Lee. Extended Family Living Arrangements and Their Effects on Young Women. Ph.D. Dissertation, Indiana University, 1995.