Published Report Details
Mandatory Fields
Carmel Hannan, brendan Halpin and Carol Colemand
Growing up in a One-Parent Family
Family Support Agency
Optional Fields
Child wellbeing, family type, selection bias

A large body of international literature has documented a correlation between non-traditional family structure and poorer child outcomes, yet researchers continue to disagree as to whether the association represents a true causal effect. This article extends the literature by employing propensity score matching using the first wave of data from the Growing up in Ireland child cohort study. The Irish case is of particular interest given the highly selective nature of non-marital families. Living in a lone parent family or cohabiting family has modest but significant negative effects on children’s educational outcomes but the effects are smaller in relation to health outcomes and psychological wellbeing. Selection effects account for a non-trivial proportion of the differences in child outcomes across families but hidden bias remains an important issue.

Grant Details
IRC RDI Grant 2010-2011