Children and Families


RAND research on children covers the prenatal period up to age 18 and includes areas such as child health and the role of the family unit, neighborhoods, and community influence on child well-being. RAND's family-focused research covers additional topics such as marriage and divorce, senior care, and family finances.

  • Young girl petting a cat on a veranda, photo by Anthony Harvie/Getty Images

    Journal Article

    No Link Found Between Pets and Kids' Health

    Aug 7, 2017

    Contrary to popular belief, having a dog or cat in the home does not improve the mental or physical health of children. There's no evidence to support the notion that pets can improve child health by increasing physical activity and improving empathy skills.

  • Girl Scouts compete in the Mission Ocean Challenge during the USS California Science Experience at Naval Surface Warfare Center, November 6, 2010, photo by Greg Vojtko/U.S. Navy


    Cybersecurity Badge: One Big Step for Girl Scouts, Potentially Giant Leap for Women

    Aug 3, 2017

    The Girl Scouts will start offering 18 cybersecurity badges next year. In addition to exposing girls to cyber concepts and challenges, this could encourage them to pursue cybersecurity or other STEM careers in which women are underrepresented.

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