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ERIC Number: EJ694291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
Race/Ethnic Differences in the Marital Expectations of Adolescents: The Role of Romantic Relationships
Crissey, Sarah R.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v67 n3 p697-709 Aug 2005
I use a sample of 12,973 adolescents in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) to examine race/ethnic differences in perception of the likelihood of marriage in adulthood and the role of heterosexual romantic relationship experience in explaining this difference. Compared to adolescents from other race/ethnic backgrounds, White adolescents are more likely to date and are especially more likely than Black adolescents to participate in serious romantic relationships that increase marital expectations. Although the type of current or recent relationship is associated with marital expectations, they do not explain the observed race/ethnic gap in these expectations. Overall, the results suggest that these adolescent romantic experiences likely play only a small role in determining differential marital expectations.
Descriptors: Adolescents
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health