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ERIC Number: EJ908397
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
How Teenage Fathers Matter for Children: Evidence from the ECLS-B
Mollborn, Stefanie; Lovegrove, Peter J.
Journal of Family Issues, v32 n1 p3-30 Jan 2011
Much is known about how having a teenage mother influences children's outcomes, but the relationship between teenage fatherhood and children's health and development is less well documented. Using the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort, the authors investigated how teenage fathers matter for children. They expected teenage fathers' influence on children to differ from adult fathers' in three domains: the household context, the father-mother relationship, and the father-child relationship. Teenage fathers were less often married and more often cohabiting or nonresident, and their children experienced a variety of social disadvantages in their household contexts. The quality of the father-child relationship did not often differ between adolescent and adult fathers. Fathers' marital status and children's household contexts each fully explained the negative relationship between having a teen father and children's cognitive and behavior scores at age 2. These findings suggest that policy interventions could possibly reduce these children's developmental gaps in the critical preschool years. (Contains 2 tables and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey