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Author: Nicholson, Lisa M.
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1. Gassanov, Margaret A.
Nicholson, Lisa M.
Koch-Turner, Amanda
Expectations to Marry Among American Youth: The Effects of Unwed Fertility, Economic Activity, and Cohabitation
Youth and Society 40,2 (December 2008): 265-288.
Cohort(s): NLSY97
Publisher: Sage Publications
Keyword(s): Age at First Marriage; Childbearing, Premarital/Nonmarital; Life Course; Marriage; Pregnancy and Pregnancy Outcomes; Welfare

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Since welfare reform in 1996, marriage has been promoted as a means to reduce welfare dependency and out-of-wedlock childbearing. Despite extensive public and academic discourse surrounding marriage promotion, a basic factor preceding and predicting marriage—expectations to marry—has received little attention. Using insights from the life course perspective and data from the 1997 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, we explore the relationship between out-of-wedlock fertility and youths' expectations to marry within 5 years. We also consider the effect of economic activity (school and work) and cohabitation. We find that experiencing an unwed pregnancy or birth significantly increases youths' expectations to marry, as does being employed, out of school, and in a cohabiting relationship. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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Gassanov, Margaret A., Lisa M. Nicholson and Amanda Koch-Turner. "Expectations to Marry Among American Youth: The Effects of Unwed Fertility, Economic Activity, and Cohabitation." Youth and Society 40,2 (December 2008): 265-288.