Family and Housing Instability: Longitudinal Impact on Adolescent Emotional and Behavioral Well-Being

Citation

Fowler, Patrick J.; Henry, David B.; & Marcal, Katherine E. (2015). Family and Housing Instability: Longitudinal Impact on Adolescent Emotional and Behavioral Well-Being. Social Science Research.

Abstract

This study investigated the longitudinal effects of family structure changes and housing instability in adolescence on functioning in the transition to adulthood. A model examined the influence of household composition changes and mobility in context of ethnic differences and sociodemographic risks. Data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health measured household and residential changes over a 12-month period among a nationally representative sample of adolescents. Assessments in young adulthood measured rates of depression, criminal activity, and smoking. Findings suggested housing mobility in adolescence predicted poorer functioning across outcomes in young adulthood, and youth living in multigenerational homes exhibited greater likelihood to be arrested than adolescents in single–generation homes. However, neither family structure changes nor its interaction with residential instability or ethnicity related to young adult outcomes. Findings emphasized the unique influence of housing mobility in the context of dynamic household compositions.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016%2Fj.ssresearch.2015.06.012

Keyword(s)

Family instability

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Social Science Research

Author(s)

Fowler, Patrick J.
Henry, David B.
Marcal, Katherine E.

Year Published

2015

Edition

6/19/2015

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2015.06.012

Reference ID

5757