Good things come in threes: Single-parent multigenerational family structure and adolescent adjustment
Using data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study (NELS), we find that teenagers living in non-married families are less likely to graduate from high school or attend college, more likely to smoke or drink, and more likely to initiate sexual activity. However, not all non-married families are alike. In particular, teenagers living with their single mother and with at least one grandparent in a multigenerational household have developmental outcomes that are at least as good and often better than outcomes of teenagers in married families. These findings obtain controlling for a wide array of economic resources, parenting behavior, and home and school characteristics.
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Volume (Year): 39 (2002)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
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