Research Report Vulnerability, Risk, and the Transition to Adulthood
Daniel Kuehn, Mike Pergamit, Tracy Vericker
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Growing up poor strongly predicts poverty and poor adult outcomes. This study explores two primary reasons poverty may persist across generations: risk behavior in adolescence and dropping out of high school. Results suggest that risk behavior and dropping out help perpetuate poor economic outcomes for children from single-parent families but are less important for children who grow up in low-income families. The findings suggest that policies directed at reducing youth risk behavior and dropping out can improve economic outcomes when targeted to youth from single-parent households.
Research Areas Families Social safety net
Tags Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Family and household data Family planning Family structure Families with low incomes