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Author: Kotila, Letitia
Resulting in 2 citations.
1. Sandberg-Thoma, Sara
Kotila, Letitia
Life Events and Mental Health at the Transition to Parenthood
Presented: Phoenix AZ, National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, October-November 2012
Cohort(s): NLSY97
Publisher: National Council on Family Relations
Keyword(s): Health Factors; Health, Mental; Parenthood; Stress

The transition to parenthood is a normative, yet stressful life event, where some individuals appear more at-risk for declines in mental health. The accumulation of undesirable life events at this critical time period may explain the occurrence of mental health discrepancies.Using the NLSY97 dataset, we assess relations between life events and mental health at the transition to parenthood. Preliminary results indicate that undesirable life events experienced during the time of childbirth are associated with poor mental health; no association was found for desirable life events. Future analyses plan to address the nature of these associations. Practical implications are discussed.
Bibliography Citation
Sandberg-Thoma, Sara and Letitia Kotila. "Life Events and Mental Health at the Transition to Parenthood." Presented: Phoenix AZ, National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, October-November 2012.
2. Snyder, Anastasia R.
Kotila, Letitia
Jang, Bohyun
The Significance of Marriage in Rural America
Presented: San Diego CA, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, April-May 2015
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Population Association of America
Keyword(s): Life Course; Marital History/Transitions; Rural/Urban Differences

Permission to reprint the abstract has not been received from the publisher.

This study examines how marital experiences in the United States differ by residential location: nonmetro, suburban and central city residences. Previous studies find that significant differences in marital behavior can be observed by residence in the U.S. Specifically, nonmetro residents show a distinct affinity for marriage that is evidenced by earlier marriage, lower rates of divorce, shorter duration between divorce and remarriage, higher rates of remarriage. Overall, nonmetro women have been found to spend a larger share of their lives married compared to other women. The findings from these prior studies need to be more closely examined, however, because significant data limitations could have biased those findings. This study uses data from the NLSY79 to examine marital experiences across the life course and carefully measure is residential differences exist in marital behavior, and explanations for those differences, between nonmetro and other populations in the U.S.
Bibliography Citation
Snyder, Anastasia R., Letitia Kotila and Bohyun Jang. "The Significance of Marriage in Rural America." Presented: San Diego CA, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, April-May 2015.