ERIC Number: ED164697
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Consequences of Age at First Childbirth: Family Size. Working Paper: 1146-02.
Moore, Kristin A.; Hofferth, Sandra L.
Examined in this document is the effect the age at which a young woman has her first birth has on her later childbearing. Data from the Michigan Panel Study of Income Dynamics and the National Longitudinal Survey of Young Women are used in conjunction with a review of related literature in examining such factors as fertility, premarital pregnancy, religious background, educational achievement, family background, labor force status, race, birth cohort, age, and social class, and their roles in affecting subsequent family size. Findings presented indicate that the initiation of parenthood during the teen years seems to be associated with considerably larger families later in life. In addition, it is pointed out that given the high cost of rearing children to adulthood, teenage mothers face heavy economic demands over a long period of time, potentially contributing to poverty and/or welfare recipiency. (Author/EB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Age, Birth Rate, Educational Background, Employment Experience, Family Characteristics, Family Financial Resources, Family (Sociological Unit), Females, Longitudinal Studies, Marital Status, Mothers, Racial Factors, Socioeconomic Influences, Young Adults
The Urban Institute, Program of Research on Women and Family Policy, 2100 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037 ($3.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Home Study Council, Washington, DC. Accrediting Commission.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.