Grandparent, Parent and Child Coresidence: Links with Child Health
Natasha Pilkauskas, Cornell University
As many as 25% of children spend some time during early childhood in a three-generation household, where a child lives with a grandparent and a parent, and these households have increased over the last decade. Despite the frequency of this living arrangement, surprisingly little research has studied whether three-generation coresidence is linked with child health. This study uses data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study – Birth Cohort, to investigate whether three-generation coresidence in early childhood is linked with child obesity, psychomotor skills and overall health at kindergarten entry. The findings suggest that three-generation coresidence in early childhood is linked with higher odds of obesity, lower odds of excellent health and fewer gross motor skills and that there are differences by race/ethnicity. Future analyses will study whether maternal nativity moderates the associations and examine the role of health insurance and income in explaining these associations.
Presented in Session P7. Health and Mortality of Women, Children and Families