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Children and Marital Stability

Arland Thornton
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 39, No. 3 (Aug., 1977), pp. 531-540
DOI: 10.2307/350907
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/350907
Page Count: 10
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Children and Marital Stability
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Abstract

This research investigated the relationship between early childbearing and marital instability. A moderate U-shaped relationship between the number of children a woman had at the beginning of an interval and the likelihood that she would experience dissolution during the interval was found. Women with large families and those with no children were the most likely to experience disruption. The lowest dissolution rates were found for those with moderate numbers of children.

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