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ERIC Number: ED161790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Postponing Marriage: The Influence of Schooling, Working, and Work Plans for Young Women.
Cherlin, Andrew
The paper examines trends of postponement of marriage among women in their early twenties. Data for the study were taken from a national longitudinal study of 5,159 women (ages 14 to 24) who were interviewed from 1968 to 1975. The author specifically examined the young women for three characteristics: current employment status, level of education, and long-run expectations about labor force participation. Between 1969 and 1975 the proportion of single women in their early twenties who planned to be housewives decreased sharply. Consequently, the change in future work plans reduced the chances that a woman in her early twenties would marry in the next few years. Previously, single women in their early twenties who had more education were more likely to marry in the near future. Yet because the decline in those planning to be housewives was greater for women with more education, women whose level of education gave them a stronger marriage market position were more likely to change their future work plans in a way which reduced their probability of marriage. The author compares aspects of this trend among black and white women, and explores implications of the shift in work expectations for other changes in family life. (Author/AV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (San Francisco, California, September 4-8, 1978) ; Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of charts