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Lenna Nepomnyaschy, Rutgers, The State University of NJ

Parental Debt and Children’s Economic Precarity
When Nov 28, 2022
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Online via Zoom
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

Household debt has increased tremendously in the US and is considered both a cause and a consequence of growing inequality. Unsecured debt – debt that is not attached to any form of collateral – is more likely to be held by lower-income families and is associated with negative outcomes for adults and children. Child support debt, which accrues overwhelmingly to low-income nonresident parents (most often fathers), is one type of debt that has rarely been considered in the context of increasing inequality. Recent studies suggest that child support debt is associated with more material hardship and unemployment, and worse physical and mental health for fathers, as well as worse socioemotional outcomes among their nonresident children. In this study, we use mothers’ and fathers’ reports from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study to explore and compare the associations of parental debt, including both parents’ unsecured debts and fathers’ child support arrears, with various measures of economic precarity in the focal child’s household, including income, material hardship, and presence of any savings.

About the Speaker

Lenna Nepomnyaschy

Lenna Nepomnyaschy is an associate professor at Rutgers School of Social Work. She received her PhD from Columbia University in 2003 and an MSW from Rutgers in 1991. Her research is broadly focused on how poverty, inequality, and social policies impact child and family health and well-being. One line of work examines the impact of social policies, particularly related to fathers, child support, and the carceral system on the well-being of families and children. Another line of work examines socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in child and adolescent health and development. Her work has been funded by the William T. Grant Foundation, the Fatherhood Research & Practice Network, the Foundation for Child Development, and the USDA Research Program on Childhood Hunger.

Seminar Format

Location: ONLINE VIA ZOOM:  Zoom Link to Register.  Upon registration you will receive an automatically generated email with the direct link for the seminar.

COVID-19 Information

MPRC public events for Spring 2022 will be a mix of in person and online via Zoom.  For in person events, all event attendees must follow current protocols



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