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Relinquishment of Premarital Births: Evidence from National Survey Data

Christine A. Bachrach, Kathy Shepherd Stolley and Kathryn A. London
Family Planning Perspectives
Vol. 24, No. 1 (Jan. - Feb., 1992), pp. 27-32+48
Published by: Guttmacher Institute
DOI: 10.2307/2135722
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2135722
Page Count: 7
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Relinquishment of Premarital Births: Evidence from National Survey Data
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Abstract

According to 1982 and 1988 NSFG data, unmarried white women are far less likely than they were in the early 1970s to place their children for adoption. The levels of relinquishment among black women have remained low throughout this period, and relinquishment among Hispanic women may be virtually nonexistent. Multivariate analysis of the determinants of relinquishment among unmarried non-Hispanic white women suggests that having a well-educated mother, being in school at the time of conception, having no labor force experience, and being older are positively associated with placing a child for adoption. Sons were found to be less likely to be relinquished than daughters.

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