ERIC Number: ED164698
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Consequences of Age at First Childbirth: Marriage, Separation and Divorce. Working Paper: 1146-03.
Moore, Kristin A.; And Others
Examined in this document are the prevalence of early marriage and childbearing, and the relationship of early marriage and childbearing to divorce and separation. The report focuses on three hypotheses: (1) that marriage between young, unprepared teenagers ends more frequently in divorce regardless of the presence or absence of a child; (2) that early marriage and childbearing are only associated with divorce in the case of premarital pregnancies; and (3) teenage marriage alone, without the extra financial, emotional, and physical drains of parenthood, is viable, but that the particular burden of parenthood makes these marrriages fragile. Reviews of related literature and data from the Michigan Panel Study of Income Dynamics and the National Longitudinal Survey of Young Women are used in exploring these hypotheses. Factors considered include race, social and economic background, educational and work experience, and family income. Findings presented indicate that the marriage of women who first wed during the teenage years are less viable than those of older brides. In addition, it is pointed out that although the analysis conducted does not indicate that teenage childbearing increases the risk of marital dissolution in later life, it is not totally unrelated. (Author/EB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Age, Birth, Blacks, Divorce, Educational Background, Employment Experience, Family (Sociological Unit), Females, Marital Status, Racial Factors, Socioeconomic Influences, Young Adults
The Urban Institute, Program of Research on Women and Family Problems, 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.