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Title: Are Children of Young Mothers Disadvantaged Because of Their Mother's Age or Because of Her Family Background?
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1. Turley Lopez, Ruth N.
Are Children of Young Mothers Disadvantaged Because of Their Mother's Age or Because of Her Family Background?
Working Paper, Department of Sociology, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, October 2000
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79
Publisher: Department of Sociology, Harvard University
Keyword(s): Age at Birth; Behavior Problems Index (BPI); Family Background; Home Observation for Measurement of Environment (HOME); Peabody Individual Achievement Test (PIAT- Math); Peabody Individual Achievement Test (PIAT- Reading); Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT)

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While some studies have attributed the cognitive disadvantage of children born to young mothers to maternal competency and maturity level, this study suggests that maternal age per se is not an important predictor of children's outcomes because maternal age at subsequent births does not affect subsequent children. A controversial study by Geronimus et al. (1994) found that their disadvantage is not explained by mother's age but by her family background (as captured by the comparison of children born to sisters). This study extends their cross-sectional analyses and finds that maternal family background also explains the children's rates of cognitive improvement over time. Thus, family background is a more important preditor of children's outcomes than maternal age at birth.
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Turley Lopez, Ruth N. "Are Children of Young Mothers Disadvantaged Because of Their Mother's Age or Because of Her Family Background?" Working Paper, Department of Sociology, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, October 2000.