IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/p/har/wpaper/0106.html
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Good Things Come in 3's: Single-Parent Multigenerational Family Structure and Adolescent Adjustment

Author

Listed:
  • Thomas DeLeire
  • Ariel Kalil

Abstract

Using data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study (NELS) of 1988, we find that teenagers living in non-intact families are on average less likely to graduate from high school and less likely to attend college. They also are more likely to use alcohol, tobacco, or marijuana and are more likely to initiate sexual activity at a younger age. However, not all non-intact families are alike. In particular, teenagers living with their single mother and with at least one of their grandparents in a multigenerational household have developmental outcomes that are at least as good and often better than outcomes of teenagers in intact families. These findings obtain controlling for a wide array of economic resources, parenting behavior, family stability, and school quality variables.

Suggested Citation

  • Thomas DeLeire & Ariel Kalil, 2001. "Good Things Come in 3's: Single-Parent Multigenerational Family Structure and Adolescent Adjustment," Working Papers 0106, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago.
  • Handle: RePEc:har:wpaper:0106
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://harrisschool.uchicago.edu/about/publications/working-papers/pdf/wp_01_6.pdf
    Download Restriction: no

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:har:wpaper:0106. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Eleanor Cartelli). General contact details of provider: http://edirc.repec.org/data/spuchus.html .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.