The effects of antipoverty programs on children's cumulative level of poverty-related risk

Anna Gassman-Pines, Hirokazu Yoshikawa

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The authors examined the effects of antipoverty programs on children's cumulative poverty-related risk and the relationship between cumulative poverty-related risk and child outcomes among low-income families. Samples included 419 children ages 3-10 years in the New Hope program and 759 children ages 2-9 years in the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), which tested 2 program approaches. Nine poverty-related risks made up the measure of cumulative risk. Both MFIP program approaches reduced cumulative poverty-related risk. New Hope reduced cumulative poverty-related risk among long-term welfare recipients. In both New Hope and MFIP, significant linear relationships between cumulative poverty-related risk and parent-reported behavior problems and school achievement were found. Cumulative poverty-related risk partially mediated the impacts of the MFIP programs on children's behavior problems. Among long-term welfare recipients, cumulative poverty-related risk partially mediated New Hope's impact on parent-reported school achievement. PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)981-999
Number of pages19
JournalDevelopmental Psychology
Volume42
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2006

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Keywords

  • Antipoverty programs
  • Behavior problems
  • Child behavior
  • Cumulative risk
  • Policy
  • Poverty
  • Program evaluation
  • School achievement

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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The effects of antipoverty programs on children's cumulative level of poverty-related risk. / Gassman-Pines, Anna; Yoshikawa, Hirokazu.

In: Developmental Psychology, Vol. 42, No. 6, 11.2006, p. 981-999.

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