How Economic Downturns Affect Children's Development: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Pathways of Influence
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© 2015 The Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.To understand how economic downturns affect children's development, scholars have concentrated on how parents' loss of a job affects children's well-being, but have largely ignored the potential effects of downturns on children whose parents remain employed. In this article, we review research across disciplines to demonstrate that economic downturns should be conceptualized as a community-level event that affects all children in a community, not just those whose parents have lost jobs. We focus on three mechanisms linking downturns to children's developmental outcomes: structural changes to communities, the economic and psychological effects on individuals who are continuously employed, and the strain of job loss on social networks. We conclude by discussing ongoing research and looking at implications for public policy.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1111/cdep.12137
Publication InfoAnanat, EO; Gassman-Pines, A; & Gibson, Charles Michael (2015). How Economic Downturns Affect Children's Development: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Pathways of Influence. Child Development Perspectives, 9(4). pp. 233-238. 10.1111/cdep.12137. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10161/12441.
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Anna Gassman-Pines is Associate professor of public policy and psychology and neuroscience at Duke University. She is also Faculty Affiliate of Duke’s Center for Child and Family Policy. Gassman-Pines received her BA with distinction in Psychology from Yale University and PhD in Community and Developmental Psychology from New York University. Her research focuses on low-wage work, family life and the effects of welfare and employment policy on child and maternal well-being in low-income fa