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Author: Smith, Claudette Lendora
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1. Smith, Claudette Lendora
Factors Affecting the Economic Status of Early Childbearers
Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University, 1994
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: UMI - University Microfilms, Bell and Howell Information and Learning
Keyword(s): Age at First Birth; Childbearing, Adolescent; Economic Changes/Recession; Family Background and Culture; Mothers, Adolescent; Mothers, Behavior; Poverty; Pregnancy, Adolescent

The purpose of this study was to investigate and identify factors that affect the economic status of early childbearers at several points subsequent to the first birth. Both background factors and decisions and experiences of the women after their first birth were studied. The sample consisted of 162 women all of whom gave birth to their first child prior to age eighteen in the year 1979 or later. Data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) were analyzed at three points in time--the year after the first birth, five years later and in 1989. Both descriptive and multiple regression procedures were used to analyze the data. The results showed that both background factors and decisions made by early childbearers, as their lives unfolded, can either help or hinder them economically. Living arrangements and race proved to be important to affecting early childbearers' later economic status. In general being married, living independent of persons other than spouse (if any) and children and being white were associated with positive economic outcomes. Having additional births and having come from a poor family were associated with negative economic outcomes. The effect of education was somewhat ambiguous.
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Smith, Claudette Lendora. Factors Affecting the Economic Status of Early Childbearers. Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University, 1994.