ERIC Number: ED191544
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Social Determinants of the Timing of the First Birth.
Rindfuss, Ronald R.; St. John, Craig
These statistical analyses investigate several factors that could affect the age at which a woman first gives birth. The data used were obtained from the 1970 National Fertility Study (NFS) and the 1973 Family Growth Study (FGS). The factors were grouped into three temporally sequential categories: (a) background or family of orientation characteristics; (b) characteristics of early adolescence; and (c) processes occurring simultaneously with the timing of the first birth. A discussion of why the factors might theoretically be related to age at first birth is presented. A non-recursive model was developed and tested in which age at first birth is allowed to have a reciprocal effect on level of education. Level of education at time of marriage was found to be the most important predictor of age at first birth, but age at first birth had only a small reciprocal effect on education. Although a few social determinants, such as race, religion, and smoking at a young age, were found to have a direct effect on age at first birth, most of these social factors affect age at first birth through the education level factor. Determinants of male ages at first birth, to the extent possible with samples of women who reported having been married, were also explored. Results indicated no major substantive differences between men and women in regard to determinants of age at first birth. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD. Center for Population Research.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: First Born
Note: Based on a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (106th, Los Angeles, CA, October, 1978).