Comprehensive Child Marriage Research Library

Teenage Cohabitation, Marriage, and Childbearing

Author(s):

Object Type:

Manning, Wendy D; Cohen, Jessica A

Feature

Year & Month/Season:

2015

April

Publication/Publisher:

Population Research and Policy Review

Peer Reviewed

false

PDF Available?

false

Public Link:

ISSN (If Available)

0167-5923

If Journal Article:

ISBN (If Book):

Page Start

161

Page End

177

Volume

34

Issue

N/A

DOI

10.1007/s11113-014-9341-x

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Students Against Child Marriage's Object Summary:

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Article Abstract (If Available):

Cohabitation is an integral part of family research; however, little work examines cohabitation among teenagers or links between cohabitation and teenage childbearing. Drawing on the National Survey of Family Growth (2006-10), we examine family formation activities (i.e., cohabitation, marriage, and childbearing) of 3,945 15-19 year old women from the mid 1990s through 2010. One-third (34 %) of teenagers cohabit, marry, or have a child. Teenage cohabitation and marriage are both positively associated with higher odds of having a child. The vast majority of single pregnant teenagers do not form a union before the birth of their child; only 22 % cohabit and 5 % marry. Yet most single pregnant teenagers eventually cohabit, 59 % did so by the child's third birthday and about 9 % marry. Cohabitation is an important part of the landscape of the adolescent years, and many teenage mothers described as single mothers are actually in cohabiting relationships.

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