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Who has a child as a teenager?


  • Ermisch, John
  • Pevalin, David J.


This paper uses data from the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) and the British 1970 Cohort Study (BCS70) to investigate the family background and childhood factors that are associated with having a child as a teenager. The advantage of combining results from these two sets of data is that the BHPS analyses are restricted to a few background factors while the BCS70 analyses have far more. However, the results obtained from the BHPS data are reasonably replicated with the BCS70 data in that family social class and having lived with one parent during childhood are significantly associated with a higher likelihood of a teenage birth. From the BCS70 data we show that the effect of having lived with one parent is not significant once child-specific variables, such as self-esteem and teacher rated behaviour, are included in the models. Mother's age at the birth of the cohort member and mother's education have significant, consistent and robust associations with the likelihood of teenage birth. The analyses reported in this paper are part of a larger programme of work for the Department of Health examining the medium and long-term consequences of early childbearing.

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  • Ermisch, John & Pevalin, David J., 2003. "Who has a child as a teenager?," ISER Working Paper Series 2003-30, Institute for Social and Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:ese:iserwp:2003-30

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    1. John Ermisch, 2003. "How Do Parents Affect the Life Chances of Their Children as Adults? An Idiosyncratic Review," Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers 101, McMaster University.
    2. Shaw, Mary & Lawlor, Debbie A. & Najman, Jake M., 2006. "Teenage children of teenage mothers: Psychological, behavioural and health outcomes from an Australian prospective longitudinal study," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 62(10), pages 2526-2539, May.
    3. Christian Schmitt, 2012. "Labour market integration, occupational uncertainty, and fertility choices in Germany and the UK," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 26(12), pages 253-292, April.
    4. Marta Favara & Alan Sanchez, 2017. "Psychosocial competencies and risky behaviours in Peru," IZA Journal of Labor & Development, Springer;Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit GmbH (IZA), vol. 6(1), pages 1-40, December.
    5. Ermisch, John, 2003. "Does a 'teen-birth' have longer-term impacts on the mother? suggestive evidence from the British Household Panel Study," ISER Working Paper Series 2003-32, Institute for Social and Economic Research.
    6. Higginbottom, G.M.A. & Mathers, N. & Marsh, P. & Kirkham, M. & Owen, J.M. & Serrant-Green, L., 2006. "Young people of minority ethnic origin in England and early parenthood: Views from young parents and service providers," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 63(4), pages 858-870, August.
    7. Ermisch, John & Pevalin, David J., 2004. "Early childbearing and housing choices," Journal of Housing Economics, Elsevier, vol. 13(3), pages 170-194, September.

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