Economic disadvantage in complex family systems: Expansion of family stress models

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Economic disadvantage is associated with multiple risks to early socioemotional development. This article reviews research regarding family stress frameworks to model the pathways from economic disadvantage to negative child outcomes via family processes. Future research in this area should expand definitions of family and household to incorporate diversity and instability. This expansion would be particularly relevant for research among low-income ethnic minority families and families with young children. This line of research would highlight specific pathways to target to prevent the onset of early parental and child dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-161
Number of pages17
JournalClinical Child and Family Psychology Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2008


  • Early childhood
  • Economic disadvantage
  • Family processes
  • Parenting
  • Poverty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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