We believe that no one institution can or should be the only source of research about the basic needs of individuals, children, and families.
The National Diaper Bank Network and the Alliance for Period Supplies seek to serve as a resource for researchers and advocates. The following section includes landmark studies about the significant importance and impact of basic necessities. These core studies are followed by our library of scholarly journal articles, reports, and other publications that examine how poverty and the lack of material basic necessities can affect people’s social, health, and economic outcomes.
Our goal is to encourage researchers to expand on studies that quantify the impact of diaper need and period poverty on individuals, families, and communities throughout the U.S.
Research released by the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) in June 2023 reports that nearly half (47%) of U.S. families with young children struggle to afford diapers. The NDBN Diaper Check 2023: Diaper Insecurity among U.S. Children and Families, a nationally representative study commissioned by the National Diaper Bank Network, shows a significant increase (14 percentage points) in diaper need, since the first study conducted on diaper need in 2010. Multiple research studies have shown that one in three families (about 33%) cannot afford enough diapers to keep their children clean, dry, and healthy.
Research and Studies
This section features journal articles, reports and publications that examine how poverty and the lack of basic necessities affect people’s social, health and economic outcomes. NDBN encourages researchers to expand on studies that demonstrate the impact of diaper need and period poverty on individuals, families, and communities in the U.S.
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