A Small Extension to ‘‘Costs and Rewards of Children: The Effects of Becoming a Parent on Adults’ Lives’’Journal of Marriage and Familiy (2005)
We extended Nomaguchi and Milkie’s (2003) analysis of changes in well-being (as measured by changes in social and psychological resources) associated with the birth of a first child. We used the same data source, the National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH), and a similar methodological approach. A key difference between our analysis and the prior work is that we focused on how the effect of a nonmarital birth varies by cohabitation status. The results of this extension suggest that having a child is similarly associated with well-being for married and single women, but cohabiting women experience remarkable declines in social and psychological well-being, even controlling for their (often lower) level of well-being prior to the birth of the child. That is, cohabitation is associated with particularly problematic mental health outcomes for new mothers.
Publication DateWinter February, 2005
Citation InformationHyeyoung Woo and R. Kelly Raley. "A Small Extension to ‘‘Costs and Rewards of Children: The Effects of Becoming a Parent on Adults’ Lives’’" Journal of Marriage and Familiy (2005)
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