Heather D. Hill, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago; Pamela Morris, Department of Applied Psychology, New York University; Lisa A. Gennetian, National Bureau of Economic Research; Sharon Wolf, Department of Applied Psychology, New York University; Carly Tubbs, Department of Applied Psychology, New York University.
The Consequences of Income Instability for Children's Well-Being
Article first published online: 17 JAN 2013
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Child Development Perspectives
Volume 7, Issue 2, pages 85–90, June 2013
How to Cite
Hill, H. D., Morris, P., Gennetian, L. A., Wolf, S. and Tubbs, C. (2013), The Consequences of Income Instability for Children's Well-Being. Child Development Perspectives, 7: 85–90. doi: 10.1111/cdep.12018
Dr. Hill is grateful to the Population Research Center at NORC and the University of Chicago (National Institute for Child Health and Human Development Grant 5R24HD051152-07) for office space and computing resources.
- Issue published online: 11 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 17 JAN 2013
- income instability;
- household chaos
Income instability is an important and understudied dimension of the established empirical relation between family income and children's healthy development. Frequent fluctuations in income may influence daily processes and routines of family life, but the nature of such effects also may vary by specific patterns of income instability, parents' responses, and children's characteristics. In this article, we review existing theory and research on income, family functioning, and child development to better understand the potential implications of income instability for children's development. We also integrate theoretical insights from developmental psychology, economics, sociology, and social neuroscience to propose a set of testable hypotheses for social science investigations on this topic.