Title

Dispelling the Myths Self-care, Class, and Race

Abstract

We use 1995 data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation to examine how race and class are related to self-care among children 5 to 13 years old. We find that contrary to popular belief, self-care is less common among minority and lower-class children. We also find that factors such as income and neighborhood safety are related to self-care and can attenuate the relationships observed between race, class, and self-care. Our analyses also indicate that variations in self-care by race, class, income level, and neighborhood safety are dependent on the age of the child, with a major transition in self-care occurring between the ages of 8 and 10.

Publication Date

9-2002

Journal Title

Journal of Family Issues

Publisher

Sage Publications

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1177/0192513X02023006002

Document Type

Article

Rights

© 2002 Sage Publications

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