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Bean, Frank D.; Swicegood, Gray – American Sociological Review, 1979
The relationship between family size and intergenerational mobility is explored. Differences between the responses of intended and unintended births to social and economic influences are considered. (Author/RLV)
Descriptors: Birth Rate, Economic Status, Family Influence, Family Planning
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Waite, Linda J.; And Others – American Sociological Review, 1986
Analyzes national longitudinal survey data to explore consequences of young adults' growing tendency to leave the parental home earlier and marry later. Reports that young women living independently become more likely to plan for employment, to lower their expected family size, and to support more non-traditional beliefs about sex roles.…
Descriptors: Family Attitudes, Family Size, Family Structure, Life Style
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Alwin, Duane F.; Thornton, Arland – American Sociological Review, 1984
Compares the effects on high school achievement of family socioeconomic factors present during students' early childhood and during students' late adolescence. Results point to the potentially stronger role in cognitive development and school learning of early socioeconomic factors, except in the case of family size. (RDN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, Cognitive Development, Family Characteristics
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Duncan, Greg J.; Rodgers, Willard – American Sociological Review, 1991
Traditional measures indicating little net change in long-term poverty for children between the late 1960s and the early 1980s mask certain statistical and demographic changes. A rise in female-based households, fewer well-paying jobs for younger workers, and greater dependence on social assistance have offset smaller family sizes and parental…
Descriptors: Children, Economically Disadvantaged, Estimation (Mathematics), Family Income
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Blake, Judith – American Sociological Review, 1985
Analyzes data from three major American data sets and reports that the effect of father's education on son's education varies considerably with size of family. Concludes that the American educational system has been more open for boys coming from small families than for those from large families. (KH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Background, Educational Mobility, Educational Status Comparison
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Lu, Yao; Treiman, Donald J. – American Sociological Review, 2008
In industrialized nations, sibship size generally depresses educational attainment: the larger the number of siblings, the lower the educational attainment. This association is much less consistent in developing nations, however. This article examines the effect that the number of siblings has on educational attainment in China, a nation that has…
Descriptors: Economic Development, Siblings, Educational Attainment, Foreign Countries
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Hofferth, Sandra L.; Moore, Kristin A. – American Sociological Review, 1979
Early childbearing is shown to have an effect on the education of the mother, the size of her ultimate family, and her labor force participation. Early first birth was found to be less detrimental to the later economic well being of Black women than of White women. (RLV)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Black Mothers, Economic Status, Employment Potential
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Mare, Robert D.; Chen, Meicher D. – American Sociological Review, 1986
Analyzes 1973 Occupational Changes in a Generation Survey data to show that the effects of father's schooling and sibship size on sons' schooling are mainly additive and invariant over cohorts. Apparent interactions between father's schooling and sibship size result primarily from differences in mean educational attainment among sibship size…
Descriptors: Educational Attainment, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Size, Fathers
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Kravdal, Oystein; Rindfuss, Ronald R. – American Sociological Review, 2008
Education and fertility (including childrearing) are foundational processes in societal metabolism, and the relationship between them can have profound, long-term effects on a variety of institutions, including the labor market, the family (especially care for the elderly), and educational institutions themselves. In postindustrial countries,…
Descriptors: Females, Educational Attainment, Birth Rate, Labor Market
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Shavit, Yossi; Pierce, Jennifer L. – American Sociological Review, 1991
Examines the relationship between number of siblings and educational attainment for Ashkenazy and Oriental Jews and Muslim Arabs living in Israel. For both Jewish groups, the number of siblings has a negative effect on educational attainment, but not for the Muslim Arabs, who rely on the support of extended family relationships. (CJS)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Educational Attainment, Elementary Secondary Education, Extended Family
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Smith, Thomas Ewin – American Sociological Review, 1984
A study based on the confluence model of family effects upon intellectual growth found a negative relationship between grades and the number of older siblings for Whites but not for Blacks and a negative relationship between the grades of Blacks and responsibility for younger siblings. (CMG)
Descriptors: Birth Order, Black Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Size
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Powell, Brian; Steelman, Lala Carr – American Sociological Review, 1993
Using data from the High School and Beyond survey for 10,188 sophomores and 8,491 seniors, investigates the effect of spacing of births of siblings on high school attrition and postsecondary school attendance. Close spacing increases likelihood of dropping out of high school and decreases odds of attending postsecondary school. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Attendance, Birth