ERIC Number: EJ865442
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Contemporary Work and Family Issues Affecting Marriage and Cohabitation among Low-Income Single Mothers
Joshi, Pamela; Quane, James M.; Cherlin, Andrew J.
Family Relations, v58 n5 p647-661 Dec 2009
In this paper, we advance and test an integrative model of the effects of employment status, nonstandard work schedules, male employment, and women's perceptions of economic instability on union formation among low-income single mothers. On the basis of the longitudinal data from 1,299 low-income mothers from the Three-City Welfare Study, results indicate that employment status alone is not significantly associated with whether women marry or cohabit. Rather, we find that nonemployed mothers and mothers working nonstandard schedules were less likely to marry compared to those working standard schedules. Mothers' perceptions of economic well-being were associated with marriage at Wave 2. In contrast, cohabitation outcomes were not explained by economic factors, but were related to the perception of child care support. The policy implications of these results are discussed, in particular, as they relate to welfare reform's work and family goals.
Descriptors: Working Hours, Employment Level, Mothers, Low Income, Marriage, Economic Factors, Welfare Services, Longitudinal Studies, Interpersonal Relationship, One Parent Family, Females, Well Being, Child Care
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