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      Relationship Characteristics and the Relationship Context of Nonmarital First Births Among Young Adult Women

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          Abstract

          Objectives

          The objectives of this study were to examine whether and how characteristics of the relationship dyad are linked to nonmarital childbearing among young adult women, additionally distinguishing between cohabiting and nonunion births.

          Methods

          We used the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1997 Cohort and discrete-time event history methods to examine these objectives.

          Results

          Our analyses found that similarities and differences between women and their most recent sexual partner in educational attainment, disengagement from work or school, race/ethnicity, and age were linked to the risk and context of nonmarital childbearing. For example, partner disengagement (from school and work) was associated with increased odds of a nonmarital birth regardless of whether the woman herself was disengaged. Additionally, having a partner of a different race/ethnicity was associated with nonmarital childbearing for whites, but not for blacks and Hispanics.

          Conclusions

          We conclude that relationship characteristics are an important dimension of the lives of young adults that influence their odds of having a birth outside of marriage.

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          Journal
          9882225
          22949
          Soc Sci Q
          Soc Sci Q
          Social science quarterly
          0038-4941
          5 March 2012
          5 April 2012
          1 June 2012
          01 June 2013
          : 93
          : 2
          : 506-520
          Affiliations
          Child Trends
          Author notes
          Please direct all correspondence to Jennifer Manlove, Ph.D., Child Trends, 4301, Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 250, Washington DC 20008. jmanlove@ 123456childtrends.org
          Article
          PMC3430143 PMC3430143 3430143 nihpa360596
          10.1111/j.1540-6237.2012.00853.x
          3430143
          22942478
          3fedb421-90e5-4797-aad3-6987e41a0daa
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          Funding
          Funded by: National Institute of Child Health & Human Development : NICHD
          Award ID: P01 HD045610-01A1 || HD
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