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Adolescent Birth Intentions, Social Disadvantage, and Behavioral Outcomes
Katherine Trent and Kyle Crowder
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 59, No. 3 (Aug., 1997), pp. 523-535
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353943
Page Count: 13
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Data from the U.S. National Longitudinal Surveys of Labor Market Experience of Youth are used to examine the extent to which group differentials in early nonmarital childbearing are a function of normative differences in fertility intentions. We find that, like adolescent and nonmarital childbearing, birth intentions do vary by race and ethnicity, poverty status, and family structure. However, although birth intentions significantly influence birth outcomes, they do not substantially reduce the effects of race and ethnicity, poverty status, and family background. Furthermore, the effect of intentions on birth outcomes is not significantly greater for more socially disadvantaged adolescents.
Journal of Marriage and Family © 1997 National Council on Family Relations