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ERIC Number: EJ885347
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
Poverty among Cohabiting Gay and Lesbian, and Married and Cohabiting Heterosexual Families
Prokos, Anastasia H.; Keene, Jennifer Reid
Journal of Family Issues, v31 n7 p934-959 2010
Using a subsample ( N = 1,365,145) of the 2000 Census 5% Public Use Microdata Sample, the authors investigate explanations for differing poverty chances of cohabiting gay and lesbian, and married and cohabiting heterosexual families. Gay and lesbian couples fare worse than married couples, but better economically than cohabiting heterosexuals. Lesbian and gay families are older and more educated than cohabiting heterosexual families, and these differences explain the largest portion of differences in poverty rates. Greater educational attainment and labor force participation are better explanations than age for differences between married families and their gay and lesbian counterparts. These results add to recent research pointing to variations in the economic circumstances of different family forms. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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