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Title: Coping with a Premaritally-Conceived Birth
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1. Cook, Steven T.
Delgado, Enilda Arbona
Sandefur, Gary D.
Coping with a Premaritally-Conceived Birth
CDE Working Paper No. 98-18, Center for Demography and Ecology, 1998.
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Center for Demography and Ecology
Keyword(s): Childbearing; Childbearing, Premarital/Nonmarital; Cohabitation; Economic Well-Being; Fertility; Marital Stability; Mothers, Education; Mothers, Race; Pregnancy and Pregnancy Outcomes; Residence

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Births that are conceived before a first marriage result in difficult decisions about where and with whom the mother should live, and how she should support herself and her child. These decisions are influenced by personal characteristics of the young mother and by her living arrangements and activities before the conception. We use data from the 1979-1992 waves of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) to examine the distributions of living arrangements and the economic wellbeing of young women after a birth that results from a premarital pregnancy. Our findings show that approximately 37 percent of the young women who have such births live with their husbands in the year following the birth, while 1/3 live with their parents, 12 percent cohabit, and 18 percent are on their own and unmarried. Race, education, living arrangements prior to conception, and other characteristics of the mothers are associated with living arrangements and economic wellbeing after the birth has occurred. Available on-line only.
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Cook, Steven T., Enilda Arbona Delgado and Gary D. Sandefur. "Coping with a Premaritally-Conceived Birth." CDE Working Paper No. 98-18, Center for Demography and Ecology, 1998.