ERIC Number: ED453311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond the Two-Parent Family: How Teenagers Fare in Cohabiting Couple and Blended Families. New Federalism: National Survey of America's Families, Series B, No. B-31. Assessing the New Federalism: An Urban Institute Program To Assess Changing Social Policies.
Nelson, Sandi; Clark, Rebecca L.; Acs, Gregory
This brief uses data from the 1997 National Survey of America's Families to examine whether children living with their mothers and their mothers' boyfriends (who are not related to the children) are any better or worse off than children living with just a single mother. The brief also compares outcomes for children living in families in which their mothers have married their boyfriends (forming blended families) with outcomes for children living with single mothers as well as with outcomes for children living with married biological parents. The brief focuses on teenagers' behavioral problems. After documenting teenagers' living arrangements, the brief uses a multivariate, regression-based model to examine the issue. Overall, teenagers' living arrangements vary significantly by race and ethnicity, with white teenagers far more likely to live with married biological parents and black teenagers more likely to live in single-parent families. Differences in living arrangements relate to differences in teenagers' behavior. Living with a single mother and her boyfriend is no better than living with a single mother, and in many cases, it is significantly worse. The most favorable outcomes are for teenagers living with their biological parents. (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Behavior Problems, Blacks, Cohabitation, Family Relationship, Family Structure, Hispanic Americans, Mothers, One Parent Family, Racial Differences
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.; Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, CA.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.; Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.; Weingart Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.; Fund for New Jersey, East Orange.; Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Milwaukee, WI.; Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.