April 8, 2020
“Family Environment Instability: How Early Childhood Shapes Social Maladjustments Over Time”
Early family contexts can shape the trajectories of children’s adjustment throughout childhood. Families can provide a safe and stable base for children that is protective against adversity. However, when family environments are not stable (e.g., when parents/parent figures are moving in and out of the home), children may suffer. Join Dr. Elizabeth Karberg of Child Trends, as she explores how family instability in early childhood shapes children’s social (mal)adjustment over time. She will discuss (1) how families in America are changing and what are common contexts for children’s early family experiences, (2) whether instability in families is linked with children’s social outcomes, (3) Why instability in families is linked with children’s social outcomes, and (4) what this means for programming and interventions to support children’s positive development.
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