Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Association between Family Structure and Children’s Education

  • Rashmi Mehrotra


While an extensive literature has shown that children raised by both biological parents fare better academically than children raised in any other family structure, there has been little research to explain an important finding: living apart from a biological parent is less negatively consequential for racial/ethnic minority children than white children.To address this hole, I test two clarifications that have been placed to represent racial/ethnic contrasts in the affiliation between family construction and kids' instructive achievement: financial pressure and more distant family embeddedness. I evaluate whether racial/ethnic variety in these two systems clarify bunch contrasts in the relationship between family structure and on-time secondary school finish and school enlistment for white, dark, and Hispanic kids. Results demonstrate that both financial pressure and more distant family embeddedness weaken the impact of family structure on these two proportions of instructive fulfillment, however the previous to a lot more prominent degree. Contrasts in financial assets represented up to almost half of the hole in these results, and more distant family embeddedness clarified around 15-20%. These discoveries loan uphold for the financial pressure theory, which sets that the negative impact of familial disturbance might be less freely effective for racial/ethnic gatherings confronting numerous financial disservices regardless. Results are less reliable with the theory that racial/ethnic minority kids' more profound embeddedness in their more distant family network ensures against the negative impacts of familial disturbance.