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Parental Separation and School Performance Among Children of Immigrant Mothers in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Number of Authors: 2
2017 (English)In: European Journal of Population, ISSN 0168-6577, E-ISSN 1572-9885, Vol. 33, no 2, 267-292 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Immigration and family change are two demographic processes that have changed the face of European societies and are associated with inequalities in child outcomes. Yet there is little research outside the USA on whether the effects of family dynamics on children's life chances vary by immigrant background. We asked whether the effect of parental separation on educational achievement varies between immigrant backgrounds (ancestries) in Sweden. We used Swedish population register data on two birth cohorts (born in 1995 and 1996) of Swedish-born children and analyzed parental separation penalties on grade sums and non-passing grades (measured at ninth grade) across ten ancestry groups, defined by the mother's country of birth. We found that the parental separation effects vary across ancestries, being weakest among children with Chilean-born mothers and strongest among children with mothers born in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In general, the effects were weaker in groups in which parental separation was a more common experience.

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2017. Vol. 33, no 2, 267-292 p.
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Divorce, Separation, Race and ethnicity, Education, Inequality
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-143396DOI: 10.1007/s10680-017-9419-3ISI: 000399836600005PubMedID: 28490831OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-143396DiVA: diva2:1104140
Available from: 2017-05-31 Created: 2017-05-31 Last updated: 2017-05-31Bibliographically approved

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