In Dr. Theresa Anderson's quantitative research on the long-term effects on parents and children when mothers reenroll in school, She tracked each generation’s outcomes for up to two decades with national survey data. Dr. Anderson's research reveals a complex picture. On average, mothers who reenroll attain more educational credentials, work more, and earn more than similar mothers who do not re-enroll. However, mothers who reenroll are less likely to be married, family income declines, and they experience some negative physical and mental health effects. Mothers’ re-enrollment relates to small, short-term gains in children’s vocabulary and reading scores, but also more behavioral problems that persist into early adulthood. In the long term, children of mothers who go back to school have better academic outcomes, but this does not manifest in earnings gains in their early careers. There is no effect on children’s probability of getting married, but children have some negative health impacts on average. Results vary somewhat by subgroup. Policy and practice can help women and their families balance education, family, work, and personal responsibilities. This is particularly important for women of color.
Attendees of this session will understand the long-term effects of school re-enrollment on a set of measurable family outcomes and use this information to design supports to improve long-term well-being for student-parents and their families.
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