Publication


L. DeRose, M. Lyons-Amos, W. Bradford Wilcox, G. Huarcaya
World Family Map 2017. Mapping Family Change and Child Well-being Outcomes.
Social Trends Institute, Social Trends Institute, 2017,
URL, JabRef BibTex, Abstract
In recent decades, much of the globe has witnessed a retreat from marriage. This means more children are being born outside of marriage, either to single parents or cohabiting couples, in countries around the world. This social change raises two questions: 1. Are such children less likely to enjoy stable family lives? 2. Is the growth of nonmarital childbearing, including the growth of childbearing within a cohabiting union, associated with more family instability for children at the national level? In Europe and the United States, this study finds that children born to cohabiting and especially single parents experience higher levels of family instability in the first 12 years of their lives, relying on data from the Harmonized Histories database. Using data from 100 countries around the globe, this study also finds that family instability is higher in countries where more children are born to single mothers and cohabiting couples. Finally, national-level data from 68 countries shows that the growth of cohabitation is associated with increases in family instability in countries around the world. In other words, marriage seems to be associated with more family stability for children across much of the globe, whereas cohabitation is typically associated with more instability.

Reference


@techreport{DeRose2017a,
  author = {L. DeRose, M. Lyons-Amos, W. Bradford Wilcox, G. Huarcaya},
  title = {World Family Map 2017. Mapping Family Change and Child Well-being Outcomes.},
  year = {2017},
  publisher = {Social Trends Institute},
  institution = {Social Trends Institute},
  url = {https://worldfamilymap.ifstudies.org/2017/files/WFM-2017-FullReport.pdf},
  timestamp = {16.09.2021},
  abstract = {In recent decades, much of the globe has witnessed a retreat from marriage. This means more children are being born outside of marriage, either to single parents or cohabiting couples, in countries around the world. This social change raises two questions:
1. Are such children less likely to enjoy stable family lives?
2. Is the growth of nonmarital childbearing, including the growth of childbearing within a cohabiting union, associated with more family instability for children at the national level?
In Europe and the United States, this study finds that children born to cohabiting and especially single parents experience higher levels of family instability in the first 12 years of their lives, relying on data from the Harmonized Histories database. Using data from 100 countries around the globe, this study also finds that family instability is higher in countries where more children are born to single mothers and cohabiting couples. Finally, national-level data from 68 countries shows that the growth of cohabitation is associated with increases in family instability in countries around the world. In other words, marriage seems to be associated with more family stability for children across much of the globe, whereas cohabitation is typically associated with more instability.}
}
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