Family structure and change through middle childhood : the impact on children's adjustment and achievement

Hand, Kirstine Alicia (2014) Family structure and change through middle childhood : the impact on children's adjustment and achievement. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This research project investigated the influence of family transitions on children's adjustment and school achievement across the primary school years, in single-parent, re-partnered and two-parent families. The quality of children's relationships with parents, teachers and peers were predictive of more positive outcomes, regardless of family structure. The research analysed data from the Kindergarten Cohort participating in Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Across the age span of the children studied, cumulative effects of any residential or school changes, or decreased family income, associated with family transitions, were more likely to predict poorer child outcomes in behaviour adjustment and school achievement.

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ID Code: 78448
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Berthelsen, Donna & Walker, Susan
Keywords: middle childhood, family structure, family transitions, academic achievement, behavioural adjustment, cumulative risk
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2014 06:38
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2015 05:36

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