The Impact of Family Health on Child Well-Being

Miriam King, University of Minnesota
Ryan Moltz, University of Minnesota
Kathleen Rowan, University of Minnesota

We use data from the National Health Interview Survey from 1997-2009, as included in the Integrated Health Interview Series (IHIS), to examine the impact of other family members' poor health or disability on the emotional well-being of children. In addition to supplying basic socioeconomic and demographic data, this large nationally representative household survey provides information on all family members' overall health and disability status along with multiple indicators of mental health for one "sample child" per family. We analyze how the likelihood of emotional problems in children is affected by different family members' disability and/or poor health. We also examine interactions between the child's socio-demographic characteristics and the negative effects of ill-health or disability in the family.

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Presented in Poster Session 5