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How are children affected by their parents’ separation?


On May 05, 2017, Dr. Sandra Krapf (University of Cologne), gave a talk on “Post-separation families and child outcomes” at the LIfBi in Bamberg.

Dr. Sandra Krapf from the University of Cologne (right) during her guest lecture at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi). 

In her guest talk, Krapf utilized data from the German Family Panel (pairfam) and applied OLS-regressions to study child outcomes for children aged 7 to 17 years. After a short introduction into the topic, she presented the results of her cross-sectional analysis of partnership status and contact frequency for the three outcome variables: (1) conduct problems, (2) emotional problems, and (3) school grades (German and math). Her analyses show that the effect of the partnership status differs by outcome variable. Furthermore, the results of the interaction effects indicate that contact frequency is not equally relevant for each child. Finally, children with single parents seem to be disadvantaged concerning school success but not psycho-social well-being.