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Title: Family Structure Instability and Residential and School Mobility: The Consequences for Adolescents' Behavior
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1. Fomby, Paula
Sennott, Christie A.
Family Structure Instability and Residential and School Mobility: The Consequences for Adolescents' Behavior
Working Paper Series WP-09-08, Bowling Green State University, National Center for Family and Marriage Research, July 2009
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79, 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; 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. We ask 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. Our analysis uses nationally-representative data from a two-generation study 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. We find that 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. "Family Structure Instability and Residential and School Mobility: The Consequences for Adolescents' Behavior." Working Paper Series WP-09-08, Bowling Green State University, National Center for Family and Marriage Research, July 2009.