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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Social assets, low income and child social and emotional and behavioural wellbeing
Author(s): Treanor, Morag C
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Keywords: child wellbeing
income inequality
low income
social assets
social support
Issue Date: Jul-2016
Date Deposited: 6-Nov-2017
Citation: Treanor MC (2016) Social assets, low income and child social and emotional and behavioural wellbeing. Families, Relationships and Societies, 5 (2), pp. 209-228.
Abstract: This article examines the association between mothers' social assets and child social, emotional and behavioural (SEB) wellbeing for children living in a family with a persistently low income. The results show that low income is associated with lower social assets and lower SEB wellbeing in children; however, mothers living with a persistently low income but who have high social assets are significantly associated with higher levels of SEB wellbeing in their children, an interaction that is not significant for any other income quintile. Additionally, many of the sociodemographic variables assumed in the literature to be important in terms of child SEB wellbeing, such as family composition, young motherhood and maternal ethnicity, reduce in significance once income and mothers' social assets are taken into account.
DOI Link: 10.1332/204674315X14281323517164
Rights: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Families, Relationships and Societies. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Treanor, M, 'Social assets, low income and child social, emotional and behavioural wellbeing', Families, Relationships and Societies, Volume 5, Number 2, July 2016, pp. 209-228 is available online at:

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