ERIC Number: ED283918
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Teen Age Parenting: The Long Term Effects for Mothers and Children. Research Report R86-1.
Wilson, Julie Boatright
This report, which consists largely of statistical data, compares the household composition and economic well-being of teen and young adult mothers and their children over time. Data from the 1960, 1970, and 1980 Censuses are for a cross-sectional cohort analysis. Household and income characteristics as well as labor force behavior and educational attainment are presented. Cohorts of teen mothers are tracked over time and compared with young adult mothers in the same birth cohort and with teen mothers in other birth cohorts. Similar analyses are carried out for the children of teen mothers. The data suggest that women who begin parenting in adolescence start their childbearing years with disadvantages they never fully overcome. Compared to their peers who delay childbearing, teen mothers: (1) exhibit a lower attachment to marriage; (2) are both less likely to ever get married and more likely, when married, to dissolve the relationship and initiate a new one; (3) eventually have more children on average; (4) are less likely to be heading their own households early in their parenting careers; (5) are more likely to live in households with income below the poverty level; (6) get less education; and (7) are less likely to ever live in owner-occupied housing. The report consists of an executive summary, introduction, and six major sections which discuss, respectively: (1) trends in teenage childbearing; (2) study design; (3) the well-being of adolescent and older mothers; (4) the comparison of younger and older adolescent mothers; (5) children of teen and older mothers; and (6) children of younger and older teen mothers. Seven appendices present statistical tables used in the analysis. (KH)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. State, Local, and Intergovernmental Center.