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

Research BriefEarly ChildhoodFeb 23 2017

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.