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Childhood Living Arrangements and the Formation of Coresidential Unions
Journal of Marriage and Family (2003)
  • Jay Teachman, Western Washington University
Abstract
The relationship between multiple dimensions of childhood living arrangements and the formation of subsequent unions is investigated. Using the 1995 National Survey of Family Growth, both statuses and transitions associated with childhood living arrangements at three different stages of childhood are considered. It was found that both statuses and transitions, but not the ages at which they occur, are related to the risk of union formation. Women who experienced more transitions in childhood living arrangements and who lived with other than married, biological parents form premarital cohabiting unions faster than other women. Rates of first marriage are higher among women who lived with a stepparent, and they are lower among women who lived with a parent and that parent's cohabiting partner.
Keywords
  • Childhood living arrangements,
  • Cohabitation,
  • Marital timing,
  • Marriage,
  • Union formation
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Publication Date
August, 2003
Publisher Statement
Published by: National Council on Family Relations Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3600019
Citation Information
Jay Teachman. "Childhood Living Arrangements and the Formation of Coresidential Unions" Journal of Marriage and Family Vol. 65 Iss. 3 (2003)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jay_teachman/33/