Parental work schedules and children's cognitive trajectories

Wen-Jui Han, Liana E. Fox

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    Previous work has shown an association between mothers' nonstandard work schedules and children's well-being. We built on this research by examining the relationship between parental shift work and children's reading and math trajectories from age 5-6 to 13-14. Using data (N = 7,105) from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and growth-curve modeling, we found that children's math and reading trajectories were related to parents' nonstandard shifts (i.e., evening, night, or variable). We found that having a mother who worked more years at a night shift was associated with lower reading scores, having a mother work more years at evening or night shifts was associated with reduced math trajectories, and having a father work more years at an evening shift was associated with reduced math scores. Mediation tests suggest that eating meals together, parental knowledge about children's whereabouts, and certain after-school activities might help explain these results.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)962-980
    Number of pages19
    JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
    Volume73
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Oct 1 2011

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    Keywords

    • Academic achievement
    • Cognitive trajectory
    • Families and work
    • Growth-curve modeling
    • Nonstandard work schedules
    • Shift work

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    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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    Parental work schedules and children's cognitive trajectories. / Han, Wen-Jui; Fox, Liana E.

    In: Journal of Marriage and Family, Vol. 73, No. 5, 01.10.2011, p. 962-980.

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    Han, Wen-Jui ; Fox, Liana E. / Parental work schedules and children's cognitive trajectories. In: Journal of Marriage and Family. 2011 ; Vol. 73, No. 5. pp. 962-980.
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