ERIC Number: ED380528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Teen Out-of-Wedlock Births and Welfare Receipt: The Role of Childhood Events and Economic Circumstances. Discussion Paper.
An, Chong-Bum; And Others
Using 20 years of longitudinal data on nearly 900 children aged 0 to 6 in 1968 (19 to 25 in 1987) from the University of Michigan's Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the authors measure the influence of family background, individual characteristics, economic resources (or the lack thereof), and the experience of particular disruptive family events on the probability that a teenager will give birth out of wedlock and subsequently apply for and receive welfare. The prior welfare participation of a teenage daughter's mother is an important focus in the analysis, which employs a bivariate probit model. Among the many findings of the investigators is that teenage daughters whose mothers have more education are less likely to give birth out of wedlock, that teens whose mothers received welfare are more likely to give birth out of wedlock and receive welfare themselves, and that teens who grew up in a home experiencing stressful events (e.g. parental separation, geographic moves) are more likely to give birth order of wedlock. (Contains 3 tables and 22 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Children, Disadvantaged Youth, Economic Factors, Family Characteristics, Fatherless Family, Illegitimate Births, Individual Characteristics, Life Events, Longitudinal Studies, Mothers, One Parent Family, Welfare Recipients
Institute for Research on Poverty, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706 ($3.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.