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Childhood family structure and young adult behaviors

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  • Wei-Jun J. Yeung

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    (Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, P.O. Box 1248 Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248, USA)

  • Greg J. Duncan

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    (Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University, 2040 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL 60202, USA)

  • Martha S. Hill

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    (Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, P.O. Box 1248 Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248, USA)

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    Abstract

    This paper examines a wide variety of forms, and full histories, of family structure to test existing theories of family influences and identify needs for new theories. The focus is on links between childhood family structure and both completed schooling and risk of a nonmarital birth. Using a 27-year span of panel (PSID) data for U.S. children, we find that: (a) change is stressful, (b) timing during childhood is relevant, (c) adults other than parents are important, and (d) two more recently studied family structures (mother-with-grandparent(s) and mother-with-stepfather) do not fit the molds of existing theories. The findings suggest that new theories should consider allocation of resources and reasons people group into family structures.

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Population Economics.

    Volume (Year): 14 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 271-299

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:14:y:2001:i:2:p:271-299

    Note: Received: 11 September 1998/Accepted: 27 March 2000
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    1. Francesconi, Marco & Jenkins, Stephen P. & Siedler, Thomas, 2009. "The Effect of Lone Motherhood on the Smoking Behaviour of Young Adults," IZA Discussion Papers 4392, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Blau, David M. & van der Klaauw, Wilbert, 2007. "A Demographic Analysis of the Family Structure Experiences of Children in the United States," IZA Discussion Papers 3001, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Mark Ottoni-Wilhelm & Robert Bandy, 2013. "Stage-specific family structure models: implicit parameter restrictions and Bayesian model comparison with an application to prosocial behavior," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 11(3), pages 313-340, September.
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    10. Heather Antecol & Kelly Bedard, 2007. "Does single parenthood increase the probability of teenage promiscuity, substance use, and crime?," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 20(1), pages 55-71, February.
    11. Naoko Akashi-Ronquest, 2009. "The impact of biological preferences on parental investments in children and step-children," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 7(1), pages 59-81, March.
    12. Heather Antecol & Kelly Bedard, 2002. "Does Single Parenthood Increase the Probability of Teenage Promiscuity, Drug Use and Crime?," Claremont Colleges Working Papers 2002-23, Claremont Colleges.
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    14. Lisa A. Gennetian, 2004. "How Sibling Composition Affects Adolescent Schooling Outcomes When Welfare Reform Policies Increase Maternal Employment," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 30(1), pages 81-100, Winter.
    15. Susan Brown, 2006. "Family structure transitions and adolescent well-being," Demography, Springer, vol. 43(3), pages 447-461, August.

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