Family Structure and Wellbeing of Out-of-Wedlock Children: The Significance of the Biological Parents' Relationship
AbstractThis study examines the effects of the relationship structure between biological parents on infant health and behavior using a sample of children born to unmarried parents in the United States. Using descriptive and multivariate analysis, we find that: (1) There is no difference in child wellbeing measured at age one between children whose biological parents marry within the first year after childbirth, and children whose biological parents remain in a cohabiting union; (2) The relationship structure of the biological parents matters most at childbirth with children born to cohabiting biological parents realizing better outcomes, on average, than those born to mothers who are less involved with the child’s father; and (3) Children born to cohabiting or visiting parents who end their relationship within the first year of the child’s life are up to 9 percent more likely to have asthma compared to children of continuously cohabiting, continuously visiting, cohabiting-at-birth or visiting at-birth and married-subsequently biological parents.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Miami, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0612.
Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 30 Oct 2005
Date of revision: Sep 2006
Publication status: Published in Demographic Research, Vol. 15, Article 4, pages 61 - 104
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Marriage; Cohabitation; Infant Wellbeing; Fragile Families; Child Asthma;
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- J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
- J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
- I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Production
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