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Today, one third of all American babies are born to unmarried mothers—a startling statistic that has prompted national concern about the consequences for women, children, and society. Indeed, the debate about welfare and the overhaul of the federal welfare program for single mothers was partially motivated by the desire to reduce out of wedlock births. Although the proportion of births to unwed mothers has stopped climbing for the first time since the 1960s, it has not decreased, and recent trends are too complex to attribute solely to policy interventions. What are these trends and how do they differ across groups? Are they peculiar to the United States, or rooted in more widespread social forces? Do children of unmarried mothers face greater life challenges, and if so what can be done to help them? Out of Wedlock investigates these questions, marshalling sociologists, demographers, and economists to review the state of current research and to provide both empirical information and critical analyses. The conflicting data on nonmarital fertility give rise to a host of vexing theoretical, methodological, and empirical issues, some of which researchers are only beginning to address. Out of Wedlock breaks important new ground, bringing clarity to the data and examining policies that may benefit these particularly vulnerable children.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xxxii
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  1. Part I: Trends and International Comparisons
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Historical and Life Course Trajectories of Nonmarital Childbearing
  2. Lawrence L. Wu, Larry L. Bumpass, and Kelly Musick
  3. pp. 3-48
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  1. 2. Differences in Nonmarital Childbearing Across States
  2. Kelleen Kaye
  3. pp. 49-76
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  1. 3. European Perspectives on Nonmarital Childbearing
  2. Kathleen Kiernan
  3. pp. 77-108
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  1. 4. Cohabitiation and Childbearing Outside Marriage in Britain
  2. John Ermisch
  3. pp. 109-140
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  1. Part II: Welfare, Child Support, and Public Policy
  2. pp. 141-142
  1. 5. Welfare Benefits and Female Headship in U.S. Time Series
  2. Robert A. Moffitt
  3. pp. 143-172
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  1. 6. The Young and the Not Quite So Young: Age Variation in the Impact of AFDC Benefits on Nonmarital Childbearing
  2. E. Michael Foster and Saul D. Hoffman
  3. pp. 173-201
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  1. 7. Unwed Parents or Fragile Families? Implications for Welfare and Child Support Policy
  2. Sara McLanahan, Irwin Garfinkel, Nancy E. Reichman, and Julien O. Teitler
  3. pp. 202-228
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  1. 8. The Changing Role of Child Support Among Never-Married Mothers
  2. Judi Bartfeld and Daniel R. Meyer
  3. pp. 229-256
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  1. Part III: Consequences for Children and Adults
  2. pp. 257-258
  1. 9. Unintended Pregnancy and the Consequences of Nonmartial Childbearing
  2. Sanders Korenman, Robert Kaestner, and Theodore J. Joyce
  3. pp. 259-286
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  1. 10. Intergenerational Effects of Nonmarital and Early Childbearing
  2. Robert Haveman, Barbara Wolfe, and Karen Pence
  3. pp. 287-316
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  1. 11. Finding a Mate? THe Marital and Cohabitation Histories of Unwed Mothers
  2. Daniel T. Lichter and Deborah Roemke Graefe
  3. pp. 317-343
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  1. 12. The Impact of Nonmarital Childbearing on Subsequent Marital Formation and Dissolution
  2. Dawn M. Upchurch, Lee A. Lillard, and Constantijn W. A. Panis
  3. pp. 344-380
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  1. Part IV: Summary
  2. pp. 381-382
  1. 13. Nonmarital Fertility: Lessons for Family Economics
  2. Shelly Lundberg
  3. pp. 383-389
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  1. 14. New Developments in the Study of Nonmarital Childbearing
  2. Andrew J. Cherlin
  3. pp. 390-402
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 403-412
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781610445603
Related ISBN
9780871549822
MARC Record
OCLC
908573504
Pages
444
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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