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ERIC Number: EJ888907
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 117
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ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
Diversity in Pathways to Parenthood: Patterns, Implications, and Emerging Research Directions
Smock, Pamela J.; Greenland, Fiona Rose
Journal of Marriage and Family, v72 n3 p576-593 Jun 2010
This review examines and synthesizes recent research on pathways to parenthood. We begin by providing basic information about patterns, differentials, and trends and discussing adoption and new reproductive technologies. We next turn to several areas of inquiry that became particularly prominent in the last decade: the continued "decoupling" of marriage and childbearing, the parental relationship context of nonmarital childbearing, family structure stability, multiplepartner fertility, and racial and ethnic variation in childbearing patterns. We then consider the implications of this body of scholarship and identify avenues for future research. Throughout, we highlight racial/ethnic and social class variation in childbearing patterns.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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