Income Level

By: Aronson, Stacy R., and Aletha C. Huston

In this study of 1,364 children across the US, married mothers reported the highest income-to-needs ratio (4.26), which is ameasurement of financial resources per person in the home; a higher ratio suggests greater financial resources.  Cohabiting mothers reported the next highest ratio (2.3) followed by single mothers (1.17).

Mother-infant relationship in single, cohabiting, and married families: A case for marriage? Journal of Family Psychology 18 (1): 5-18