Faculty Publications

Title

Teen mothers: Marriage, cohabitation, and educational achievement

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Arital status, Low-income, Teen mothers

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Family Social Work

Volume

11

Issue

1

First Page

3

Last Page

16

Abstract

This study examines the proportions of ethnically diverse low-income teen mothers who are cohabitating and/or married to the father of their child(ren) at approximately 14, 24, and 36 months after birth of their child. In addition, the relationship between marital status and education among teen mothers is explored. At 36 months after giving birth, 60% of mothers were not living with or married to the fathers of their children. Hispanic mothers were the most likely, and African-American mothers the least likely, to be married to the father at each of the three time points. For Hispanic teen mothers, being married at 14 months was related to lower educational achievement. © 2008 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

12-1-2008

DOI of published version

10.1080/10522150802007162

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