Molly Costanzo

Molly Costanzo
University of Wisconsin–Madison | UW · Institute for Research on Poverty

MSW PhD

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Significance This study demonstrates the causal impact of a poverty reduction intervention on early childhood brain activity. Data from the Baby’s First Years study, a randomized control trial, show that a predictable, monthly unconditional cash transfer given to low-income families may have a causal impact on infant brain activity. In the context...
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Supportive father involvement during pregnancy can positively impact maternal and child outcomes. Father participation in prenatal care is increasing, yet little research exists to understand how mothers and fathers experience father participation in prenatal care and their preferences for father participation. We interviewed expectant first-time m...
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Co-residing with a grandparent and one or both parents, usually referred to as a three-generation household, is becoming more common for U.S. children, and it may be more common for children in single mother households. Despite this increase and the salience of child support for many of these households, little is known about how child support poli...
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Objective To measure the proportion of women screened for IPV during prenatal care; to assess the predictors of prenatal IPV screening. Methods We use the CDC’s 2012 Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, representative of births in 24 states and New York City (N = 28,581). We calculated descriptive and logistic regressions, weighted to deal...
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Affordable child care is an essential support for families with young children, and quality of care impacts a range of child development outcomes. Still, many families face a number of barriers to accessing high-quality care. Given the necessary resources for raising a child with a disability, high-quality child care may be particularly salient for...
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Child support guidelines are one of the most explicit, and consequential, public articulations of parents’ obligations to their biological children. States must weigh a variety of policy tradeoffs, including issues of equity, transparency, and simplicity. Many states are shifting to “income-shares” guidelines models from “percentage-of-income” mode...
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Social Security Disability Insurance beneficiaries who return to work and earn above a substantial gainful activity level can lose their cash benefits, which is often considered a disincentive to employment. The Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND) project tests a policy that removes this sudden loss by gradually reducing cash benefits thro...

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