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Title: Changes in Family Structure: Consequences for Adolescents' Behavior
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1. Fomby, Paula
Sennott, Christie A.
Changes in Family Structure: Consequences for Adolescents' Behavior
Research Brief RB-09-03, National Center for Family and Marriage Research, Bowling Green State University, November 2009
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79, NLSY79 Young Adult
Publisher: National Center for Family and Marriage Research
Keyword(s): Adolescent Behavior; Behavior Problems Index (BPI); Child Self-Administered Supplement (CSAS); Delinquency/Gang Activity; Family Structure; Household Composition; Marital Status; Mobility; Peers/Peer influence/Peer relations; School Characteristics/Rating/Safety; School Progress; Social Capital

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Adolescents who experience repeated change in family structure as parents begin and end romantic unions are more likely than adolescents in stable family structures to engage in aggressive, antisocial, or delinquent behavior. This paper examines whether the link between family structure instability and behavior in adolescence may be explained, in part, by the residential and school mobility that are often associated with family structure change. Nationally-representative data from a two-generation study are used to assess the relative effects of instability and mobility on the mother-reported externalizing behavior and self-reported delinquent behavior of adolescents who were 12 to 17 years old in 2006. Results reveal residential and school mobility explain the association of family structure instability with each outcome, and these factors, in turn, are explained by children's exposure to poor peer networks.
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Fomby, Paula and Christie A. Sennott. "Changes in Family Structure: Consequences for Adolescents' Behavior." Research Brief RB-09-03, National Center for Family and Marriage Research, Bowling Green State University, November 2009.