CHICAGO, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University of Chicago say a recession can have long-lasting effects on children of people who are unemployed.
The researchers say material hardship and stress associated with unemployment can reduce the quality of the home environment and adversely affect children.
"There is growing evidence that parental job loss has adverse consequences on children's behavior, academic achievement and later employment outcomes, particularly in economically disadvantaged families," Heather Hill, a professor in the School of Social Service Administration, said in a university release Tuesday.
Studying largely low-income families, Hill said she found that job loss is linked with increasing behavioral problems by children in the classroom by more than 40 percent.
However, parental unemployment can lead to problems for children regardless of the family's income status, the researchers said.
Parental stress and depression "can lead to less nurturing and harsher parenting," Hill said.
|Additional U.S. News Stories|
OGDEN, Utah, June 17 (UPI) --Police have identified the victim of Sunday's shooting in a Roman Catholic church in Utah as James Evans; his son-in-law was charged with the crime.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, June 17 (UPI) --Despite massive spending on Western weapons, the Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf are "unable to secure themselves from any external threat" -- meaning Iran – and are running up huge public and foreign debt, a gulf think tank says.