ERIC Number: EJ899737
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Intergenerational Relationships and Union Stability in Fragile Families
Hognas, Robin S.; Carlson, Marcia J.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v72 n5 p1220-1233 Oct 2010
Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (N = 2,656), we examined the association between intergenerational relationships and parents' union stability 5 years after a baby's birth. Results showed that more amiable relationships between parents and each partner's parents, and children's spending more time with paternal grandparents, increased the odds that parents coresided by the time their child was age 5. The more time that children spent with maternal grandparents reduced union stability, although this result was not robust to methods that better address selection. These findings underscore the importance of the broader social contexts affecting couple stability and suggest that even amid demographic changes, intergenerational family ties are important for couples and, by extension, their children.
Descriptors: Grandparents, Family Structure, Family Relationship, Correlation, Parent Child Relationship, Social Influences
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