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Poverty and children’s relationships

Secondary analysis of Millennium Cohort Study data, supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) Research Centre, in partnership with the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS), was supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) to explore associations between poverty and children’s relationships, through analysis of data from Waves 1 – 5 of the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS). The release of this data provided the opportunity to test these associations in a larger sample than in previous studies.

The research aimed to address the following overarching question:
What role, if any, does low income play in shaping the quality of children’s relationships with parents, peers and siblings?