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ERIC Number: ED561375
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
"What If" You Earned a Diploma and Delayed Parenthood? Intergenerational Simulations of Delayed Childbearing and Increased Education. Research Brief. Publication #2014-27
Moore, Kristin Anderson; Sacks, Vanessa Harbin; Manlove, Jennifer; Sawhill, Isabel
Child Trends
Teen childbearing is associated with negative outcomes for teen parents, their children, and society. Teen mothers are more likely to be poor as adults, and are more likely to rely on public assistance, compared with women who delay childbearing. Children born to young mothers have poorer educational, behavioral, and health outcomes throughout their lives, compared with children born to older parents, in part because of lower parental education and relationship stability. This brief reports the results of using the Social Genome Model to provide a better understanding of how delaying childbearing and improving the educational attainment of teen mothers in one generation can be linked to the improved economic well-being of their children. This brief specifically reports results from "What if" simulations, in which teen mothers' age at their first birth was increased by two or five years and in which the mothers earn a high school diploma. The implications of these changes on the life of the mothers' children are estimated through childhood and up to age 29.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Child Trends; Brookings Institution