Sliding Out? Cohabitation Dissolution in Low-Income Families
AbstractThis study examined the cohabitation dissolution process in the Fragile Families and Child Well-being Study (n = 1572). Seventy percent of low-income mother's cohabiting unions that did not end in marriage dissolved within 5 years. Of those, 75% broke-up while 25% maintained a romantic relationship with their former partner. Hispanic mother's unions were less likely to dissolve but more likely to end in a break-up. Black mothers had the highest rates of dissolution but were most likely to continue the romantic relationship. Older mothers and those with unemployed partners more often experienced dissolution with a continuing romantic relationship. Mothers reporting lower pre-dissolution relationship satisfaction were more likely to experience dissolution as a break-up. Post-dissolution, mothers who initially maintained a romantic relationship were more likely to reenter a union with their former partner while mothers whose union had broken-up most often remained so. Results suggested that low-income mothers slid out of cohabitation, and sometimes back in.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Research on Child Wellbeing. in its series Working Papers with number 1279.
Date of creation: Dec 2010
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cohabitation; cohabitation dissolution; break-up; relationship quality; race;
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- D19 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Other
- I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General
- 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
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