Parental assets: A pathway to positive child educational outcomes

Michal Grinstein-Weiss, Yeong Hun Yeo, Kate Irish, Min Zhan

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A growing body of evidence suggests parental assets have positive effects on children's well-being. Using 2004 data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation, this study tests the effect of parental asset holding on child educational outcomes, and explores whether parental involvement and expectations mediate this relationship. Results indicate that assets are a significant predictor of all child academic outcomes of our study; however, income is not a significant predictor for school outcomes when controlling for assets. The mediation analyses show the effect of assets on school outcomes is mediated by two of the three parenting measures: parental expectations and the number of parent-child breakfast days per week. We include implications for policy and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-85
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Sociology and Social Welfare
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2009


  • Assets
  • Child outcomes
  • Income
  • Parental expectations
  • Parental involvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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