Using data from the nationally representative Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES), the relationships between living in a household where a household member had been arrested or incarcerated and conduct problems of preschool children enrolled in Head Start were examined. Children who lived in such households showed more aggressive, hyperactive, and withdrawn behaviors than children who lived in households with no such exposure. These associations remained statistically significant after controlling for other family background characteristics. Parental involvement in Head Start, less use of spanking, and more time spent by the child in Head Start were associated with less problem behaviors.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) 2000 was funded by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), US Department of Health and Human Services, under contract GS23F8144H to Westat, Rockville, MD. All three authors were part of the Westat research team conducting FACES. Nicholas Zill was the project director for FACES 1997, 2000, and 2003. The FACES 2000 dataset is a public use dataset available to the public through the ACF. FACES reports and instrument are available through the ACF website: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/hs/faces/ . The authors extend thanks to all staff and families who took part in this study.
- Behavior problems
- Head Start
- Parental involvement
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Sociology and Political Science