ERIC Number: ED403347
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Aug-16
Reference Count: N/A
Sources of Support for Young Latina Mothers.
Kahn, Joan R.; Berkowitz, Rosalind E.
The support strategies used by young Latina mothers in the United States were studied. One focus was on the young mothers' living arrangements, and the other was how young mothers support themselves and their children through employment or public assistance. The analysis is based on data from the 1990 U.S. Census for 5,280 teen mothers and 23,151 young mothers aged 20 to 24. No single pattern characterized all the Latino subgroups, although Puerto Rican mothers were worse off than others. Cuban mothers had the highest household incomes. Results also suggest a distinctive immigrant strategy, especially for Mexicans, so that foreign-born mothers are more likely than their U.S. born counterparts to rely on family resources. The most vulnerable young mothers appear to be teenagers raising children on their own. Those living with a spouse or other adults are better off, but neither marriage nor living with family members can protect large numbers of minority families from poverty. Appendixes contain tables giving an overview of Latina mothers' characteristics. (Contains 29 figures, 23 appendix tables, and 10 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.