Low-income Hispanic parents often face multiple stressful working conditions
In our latest report, Center investigators Elizabeth Wildsmith, Maria Ramos-Olazagasti, and Marta Alvira-Hammond examine the
job characteristics of low-income working Latino parents, finding that a substantial proportion face working conditions that can negatively affect children, such as low wages, involuntary part-time work, nonstandard work schedules, and no access to employer-provided health insurance.
Between 25 percent and 33 percent of working Latino parents report having at least three of these job stressors, which may hamper families’ well-being and social mobility. Policies and supports that focus on better aligning work conditions with family needs may improve family and child outcomes, and could alleviate some of the stressors associated with parents’ job circumstances.
ICYMI: How child development research can inform immigration policy
The Aspen Institute released a set of briefs and recommendations describing what postsecondary institutions and policymakers can do to support student parents and remove barriers to this key population attaining high-quality postsecondary credentials.