Income trajectories of families raising a child with a neurodisability

by | May 25, 2022

Rothwell, D., Lach, L.M., Kohen, D., Findlay, L., & Arim, R. (2020) Income trajectories of families raising a child with a neurodisability. Disability & Rehabilitation. DOI:10.1080/09638288.2020.1811782


To examine household income trajectories of children with and without neurodisability over a period of 6 years.

We used four cycles of the Canadian National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth, a longitudinal study of the development and well-being of Canadian children from birth into adulthood.

While household income increased over time for both groups, families of children with neurodisability had consistently lower household income compared to families of children without neurodisability even after controlling for child and family socio-demographic characteristics. The presence of an interaction effect between parent work status and child with neurodisability at baseline indicated that among children whose parent(s) were not working at baseline, household incomes did not differ between children with and without neurodisability.

The association between child with neurodisability and lower household income may not hold for all types of parents’, working status is an important consideration.