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ERIC Number: EJ783710
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
Couple Relationship Status and Patterns in Early Parenting Practices
Guzzo, Karen Benjamin; Lee, Helen
Journal of Marriage and Family, v70 n1 p44-61 Feb 2008
Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (N = 3,003), we examine the role of parental relationship status at birth on maternal adherence to current recommendations regarding breastfeeding, corporal punishment, and well-child visits. At the bivariate level, parents' union status is almost linearly related to adherence to recommendations. Multivariate models, however, reveal that much of the association stems from the selection of more advantaged individuals into more serious relationships. The results suggest that, although relationship status may be an accurate indicator of parents who are at risk of not adhering to recommended parenting behaviors, the underlying causes of nonadherence are more complex.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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