ERIC Number: EJ815788
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
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Reference Count: 38
Early Marriage in the United States
Uecker, Jeremy E.; Stokes, Charles E.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v70 n4 p835-846 Nov 2008
Despite drastic changes in the American family, a significant minority of Americans marry early. Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (N = 14,165), this study evaluates the prevalence and antecedents of early marriage in the United States. The results indicate 25% of women and 16% of men marry before age 23, and early marriage varies widely across a number of characteristics. Individuals who marry earlier are more likely to be from disadvantaged families, from conservative Protestant or Mormon families, to value their religious faith more highly, to have a high-school diploma but a lower educational trajectory, and to cohabit before marriage. Scholars and policymakers interested in marriage should pay adequate attention to understanding and supporting these individuals' marriages.
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Marriage, Adolescents, Young Adults, Trend Analysis, Individual Characteristics, Predictor Variables, Religious Factors, Educational Attainment, Socioeconomic Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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