ERIC Number: EJ850104
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
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Reference Count: 35
Veteran Status, Race-Ethnicity, and Marriage among Fragile Families
Usdansky, Margaret L.; London, Andrew S.; Wilmoth, Janet M.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v71 n3 p768-786 Aug 2009
We used data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (N = 2,679 ) to examine the impact of men's past military service on the likelihood that a couple will marry within 5 years of a nonmarital birth. Logistic regression analyses showed that men's past military service increased marriage odds by 54% for couples with Black fathers even after controlling for potential mediators. But veteran status had no effect on couples with White or Hispanic fathers. As a result, the large Black-White gap in postbirth marriage evident among couples with civilian fathers did not exist among couples with veteran fathers. Our findings bolster other evidence that military service exerts lasting and unique pro-marriage effects on Blacks.
Descriptors: Military Service, Marriage, Veterans, Fathers, Race, Ethnicity, Males, Regression (Statistics), Hispanic Americans, African Americans, Whites, Birth
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