Beyond the Nuclear Family: Children and Shared Living Arrangements.
Monday, 9/28/2020, 12:00pm
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Children's living arrangements are diverse and complex, and a robust body of research has documented links between living arrangements, economic wellbeing, and child outcomes. Despite increasing recognition of the diversity in children's living arrangements most research continues to focus on the nuclear family. This talk draws on a number of published and papers in progress that focus on shared living arrangements of children in the U.S. - examining the people children live with beyond their nuclear family. I will describe trends in household extension over time and across the child's life course showing differences by key demographic groups and patterns of coresidence. I find that although shared living arrangements among children have become more common over the last 20 years, this increase is nearly entirely driven by an increase in multigenerational/three-generation family households (grandparent, parent and child). In 1980, 5% of children lived in a multigenerational household and today nearly 10% do likewise. I'll present results of decomposition analyses that examine the factors that have led to this large increase. By understanding the diverse nature of children's living arrangements and how these arrangements are changing over time, we can better consider how public policies and programs might better support children's development.
Natasha Pilkauskas is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Her research considers how demographic, social safety net, and economic shifts in the U.S. affect low-income families with children. Her work examines children's shared living arrangements, drivers and consequences of economic insecurity, and the effects of refundable tax credits on families with low-incomes. She has a Ph.D. in social welfare policy from Columbia University, a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University and a B.A in Economics and Sociology from Northwestern University.