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Economic conditions of Head Start families: Connections with social supports and child and family well-being


This brief discusses the material hardships and financial strains that families may face, as well as the social supports that may help them avoid the adverse links between economic conditions and child and family well-being. We would expect that social supports promote family and child well-being and decrease a household’s material hardship and financial strain (Henly et al. 2005; Turner 1981). In this brief, we analyze fall 2019 data from the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES 2019) to understand the prevalence of material hardship, financial strain, and social support among Head Start families. We explore (1) whether material hardship and financial strain are better predictors of child and family well-being than poverty alone and (2) whether social support weakens the adverse association between material hardship and financial strain and child and family well-being. (author abstract)

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