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Family Stability and Instability among Low-Income Hispanic Mothers with Young Children

This brief examines patterns of stability and instability in family structure (i.e., change in romantic residential relationship status) among urban low-income Hispanic mothers with young children. Children’s early home experiences can have a profound influence on their well-being and life trajectories. While couples tend to stay together during and immediately after a birth, relationship dissolution, one form of family instability, becomes more common during the child’s first years of life.

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