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Children's Developmental Contexts: An Index Based on Data of Individual Children.

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Moore, Kristin A.
Mbwana, Kassim.
Theokas, Christina.
Lippman, Laura.
Bloch, Margot.
Vandivere, Sharon.
O'Hare, William.
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Child Trends.
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This brief published by Child Trends draws from the 2003 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) data to develop indices of children's contexts for three contextual domains (i.e., family, neighborhood, and sociodemographic) and to evaluate individual functioning of children living in positive and negative contexts. The indices include parental engagement, parents' functioning, family income, household composition, and the supportiveness of the neighborhood to parenting. Children in positive contexts show better individual functioning relative to those in negative contexts. Based on research evidence on the relationship between a healthy couple and marital relationship and other elements of the indices (e.g., parents' functioning, family income, and parenting), these findings highlight the significance of providing support for parents in establishing and maintaining a healthy couple and marital relationship in raising healthy children.

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