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Parenting in America: Outlooks, Worries, Aspirations are Strongly Linked to Financial Situation.

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Pew Research Center.
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This report shares the findings of a survey conducted Sept. 15- Oct. 13, 2015, among 1,807 U.S. parents with children younger than 18 that finds that for lower-income parents, financial instability can limit their children’s access to a safe environment and enrichment activities. Chapter 1 looks at the changing circumstances in which children are raised, drawing on demographic data, largely from U.S. government sources. This analysis highlights the extent to which parents’ changing marital and relationship status affects overall family makeup, and it also includes detailed breakdowns by key demographic characteristics such as race, education and household income. Chapters 2 through 5 explore findings from the new survey, with Chapter 2 focusing on parents’ assessments of the job they are doing raising their children and their families’ living circumstances. Chapter 3 looks at parenting values and philosophies. Chapter 4 examines child care arrangements and parents’ involvement in their children’s education, and Chapter 5 looks at extracurricular activities. Results of the survey indicate along with more negative ratings of their neighborhoods, lower-income parents are more likely than those with higher incomes to express concerns about their children being victims of violence. Concerns about teenage pregnancy and legal trouble are also more prevalent among lower-income parents, and lower-income parents with school-aged children face more challenges than those with higher incomes when it comes to finding affordable, high-quality after-school activities and programs. (Author Abstract)

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