ERIC Number: EJ819095
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
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Reference Count: 51
Precursors of Young Women's Family Formation Pathways
Amato, Paul R.; Landale, Nancy S.; Havasevich-Brooks, Tara C.; Booth, Alan; Eggebeen, David J.; Schoen, Robert; McHale, Susan M.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v70 n5 p1271-1286 Dec 2008
We used latent class analysis to create family formation pathways for women between the ages of 18 and 23. Input variables included cohabitation, marriage, parenthood, full-time employment, and attending school. Data (n = 2,290) came from Waves I and III of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). The analysis revealed seven latent pathways: college-no family formation (29%), high school-no family formation (19%), cohabitation without children (15%), married mothers (14%), single mothers (10%), cohabiting mothers (8%), and inactive (6%). Three sets of variables distinguished between the groups: personal and social resources in adolescence, family socioeconomic resources and adolescent academic achievement, and conservative values and behavior in adolescence.
Descriptors: Mothers, Females, Adolescents, Family Structure, Interpersonal Relationship, Adolescent Development, Womens Studies, Family Characteristics, Longitudinal Studies, Path Analysis, Marital Status, Goal Orientation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health