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Author: Hordon, Deborah Ann
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1. Hordon, Deborah Ann
The Impact of Adolescent Childbearing on Later Life: A Social Class Analysis
Ph.D. Dissertation, Columbia University, 1999.
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: UMI - University Microfilms, Bell and Howell Information and Learning
Keyword(s): Childbearing, Adolescent; Detroit Area Study; Educational Attainment; Family Formation; Family Studies; Labor Force Participation; Life Course; Parenthood

This dissertation investigates how adolescent childbearing uniquely affects the lives of those who experience it depending on the socioeconomic context in which it occurs. Previous studies of early parenthood have under-analyzed social class by conceptualizing it as only a control variable, or by selecting samples that exclude the non-poor. The current research is a quantitative analysis of data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, and explores these issues with regard to four measureable (sic) life outcomes: educational attainment, labor force participation, family formation and the life course transition between childhood and adulthood. Findings demonstrate that teen parenthood does affect members of various social classes (both women and men) differently: in general, adolescent childbearing is associated with relatively greater deficits in these four areas of life in the higher socioeconomic strata than in the lower. Since the incidence of teen parenthood is also much smaller in the higher social class groups than it is in the lower, this study suggests that having better access to the opportunity structure-having something to lose through early childbearing-is a powerful deterrant (sic) of teen parenthood.
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Hordon, Deborah Ann. The Impact of Adolescent Childbearing on Later Life: A Social Class Analysis. Ph.D. Dissertation, Columbia University, 1999..