Volume 33 - Article 32 | Pages 939–950
Residential mobility in early childhood: Household and neighborhood characteristics of movers and non-movers
Background: Understanding residential mobility in early childhood is important for contextualizing influences on child health and well-being.
Objective: This study describes individual, household, and neighborhood characteristics associated with residential mobility for children aged 0-5.
Methods: We examined longitudinal data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort (ECLS-B), a nationally representative sample of children born in 2001. Frequencies described the prevalence of characteristics for four waves of data and adjusted Wald tests compared means.
Results: Moving was common for these families with young children, as nearly three-quarters of children moved at least once. Movers transitioned to neighborhoods with residents of higher socioeconomic status but experienced no improved household socioeconomic position relative to non-movers.
Conclusions: Both the high prevalence and unique implications of early childhood residential mobility suggest the need for further research.
- Elizabeth M. Lawrence - University of Nevada, Las Vegas, United States of America EMAIL
- Elisabeth Root - University of Colorado Boulder, United States of America EMAIL
- Stefanie Mollborn - University of Colorado Boulder, United States of America EMAIL
Other articles by the same author/authors in Demographic Research
Most recent similar articles in Demographic Research
Cited References: 21
Download to Citation Manager