The contemporary drug overdose crisis has had profound impacts on children and families in the United States. This brief summarizes how children’s living arrangements have changed during the opioid epidemic. The authors find that opioid overdose deaths are associated with decreasing shares of children living with two married parents and increases in shares of children living with unmarried but cohabiting parents, single fathers, and adults other than their parents. These changes have been most pronounced among White children.
Opioid Crisis, Child Health
Family, Life Course, and Society | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Substance Abuse and Addiction
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This study was funded in part by a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to the authors (R03HD102516). We also gratefully acknowledge support from the NICHD grant to the Maryland Population Research Center (P2C-HD041041). The authors thank Shannon Monnat for edits on a previous version of this brief. This brief is part of a series of briefs summarizing findings from a special issue of the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science on the social and community consequences of the U.S. opioid crisis.
the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Maryland Population Research Center
Caudillo, M., Villarreal, A., & Cohen, P. (2023). The Opioid Epidemic Has Disrupted Children’s Living Arrangements. Lerner Center Population Health Research Brief Series. 217. https://surface.syr.edu/lerner/217
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