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Cohen, Philip N. & Petrescu-Prahova, Miruna (2006). Gendered Living Arrangements among Children with Disabilities. Journal of Marriage and Family, 68(3), 630-638.


Using data on disabilities from the 2000 Census, we found a consistent pattern of living arrangements that leaves children (aged 5 – 15 years) with disabilities living disproportionately with women. Children with disabilities are more likely to live with single parents, and especially their mothers, than are other children. Further, those who do not live with either biological parent are more likely to live in households headed by women than are other children. The results suggest that gendered living arrangements among children with disabilities are a neglected aspect of inequality in caring labor, which is an underpinning of gender inequality in general.


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Journal of Marriage and Family


Cohen, Philip N.
Petrescu-Prahova, Miruna