How Youth Are Put At Risk by Parents’ Low-Wage Jobs

Posted by on January 21, 2013

How Youth Are Put At Risk by Parents’ Low-Wage Jobs
By Lisa Dodson, Boston College; Randy Albelda, University of Massachusetts Boston; Diana Salas Coronado;  Marya Mtshali

Last week, the Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston released a study that examines the effects of parents’ low-wage jobs on their children’s development and well-being. Researchers found that in families where parents work in jobs earning an hourly wage less than two-thirds of the state median hourly wage, children drop out of school at higher rates, are more likely to experience health problems—such as obesity—and are more likely to have extra responsibilities that take time away from their studies, out-of-school activities and overall personal development. Read More

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