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The Causal effects of parental divorce and parental temporary separation on children’s cognitive abilities and psychological well-being according to parental relationship quality

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dc.contributor.author Garriga Alsina, Anna
dc.contributor.author Pennoni, Fulvia
dc.date.accessioned 2020-11-16T09:22:19Z
dc.date.available 2020-11-16T09:22:19Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation Garriga A, Pennoni F. The Causal effects of parental divorce and parental temporary separation on children’s cognitive abilities and psychological well-being according to parental relationship quality. Soc Indic Res. 2020 Jul 27. DOI: 10.1007/s11205-020-02428-2
dc.identifier.issn 0303-8300
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/45771
dc.description Data de publicació electrònica: 27-07-2020
dc.description.abstract We explore the effects of parental divorce and parental temporary separation on well-being of children at a specific stage of their development according to the parental relationship quality. Despite the importance of this subject, among previous studies only few consider very young children and are based on statistical methods properly tailored to enhance causal evaluations. We attempt to establish the effects on both cognitive abilities and psychological dimensions of children at age five by using data drawn from the first three waves of the UK Millennium Cohort Study. Using an appropriate imputation method, we apply the augmented inverse propensity treatment weighted estimator to infer causality. Overcoming some of the limitations of previous research, we find that the dissolution of high-quality parental unions has the most harmful effects on children, especially concerning conduct problems. We demonstrate the substantial variation on consequences of parental divorce depending on the level of parental relationship quality. We show that parental temporary separation is a type of family disruption that has significant negative effects on young children. In fact, we infer that they have more conduct and hyperactivity problems than children from stable or divorced families. Our results also suggest children to be targeted with appropriate policies aimed to reduce the adverse effect of family disruption.
dc.description.sponsorship Open access funding provided by Università degli Studi di Milano - Bicocca within the CRUI-CARE Agreement. Garriga thanks the grants of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Grants CSO2012-33476 and CSO2015-69439-R). Pennoni thanks the grant “Finite mixture and latent variable models for causal inference and analysis of socio-economic data” (FIRB—Futuro in Ricerca) funded by the Italian Government (RBFR12SHVV). The authors thank Isabella Romeo for her contribution to preliminary data analyses.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Springer
dc.relation.ispartof Social Indicators Research. 2020 Jul 27
dc.rights This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons licence, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article's Creative Commons licence, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article's Creative Commons licence and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
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dc.title The Causal effects of parental divorce and parental temporary separation on children’s cognitive abilities and psychological well-being according to parental relationship quality
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-020-02428-2
dc.subject.keyword Augmented inverse propensity treatment weighted estimator
dc.subject.keyword Conduct problems
dc.subject.keyword Family instability
dc.subject.keyword Missing values
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/3PN/CSO2012-33476
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/1PE/CSO2015-69439-R
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
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