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Trends in Cohabitation and Implications for Children's Family Contexts in the U.S

Trends in Cohabitation and Implications for Children's Family Contexts in the U.S,Larry Bumpass

Trends in Cohabitation and Implications for Children's Family Contexts in the U.S   (Citations: 66)
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This paper documents increasing cohabitation in the U.S., and the implications of thistrend for the family lives of children. The stability of marriage-like relationships (includingmarriage and cohabitation) has decreased--despite a constant divorce rate.Cohabitation also increasingly involves families with children, including both births tocohabiting couples and children from prior relationships. The proportion of births to unmarriedwomen born into cohabiting families increased from 29 to ...
Published in 1998.
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    • ...Second, children still spend an overwhelming majority (71% as of 1990–1994) of their childhood years in marital unions (Bumpass & Lu, 2000; Bumpass, Raley, & Sweet, 1995; Coleman, Ganong, & Fine, 2000), a pattern continued into the 21st century (Lichter & Crowley, 2004)...

    Hiromi Ono. Family Types, Direct Money Transfers from Parents, and School Enrollme...

    • ...Although life-table methods have traditionally been used to study demographic processes, such as fertility and mortality, they can also be used to study other aspects of social life (see Bumpass and Lu 2000; Pettit and Western 2004; Rank and Hirschl 1999)...
    • ...Even though having a parent imprisoned will likely never be as common as growing up poor or growing up with a single parent (see Bumpass and Lu 2000; Rank and Hirschl 1999), it is still an important form of childhood disadvantage that has population-level consequences...
    • ...Black children spent 41% of their fi rst 16 years with married parents in 1980–1984 but 16% in 1990–1994; white children spent 83% of their fi rst 16 years with married parents in 1980–1984 and 80% in 1990–1994 (Bumpass and Lu 2000:38)...

    Christopher Wildeman. Parental imprisonment, the prison boom, and the concentration of child...

    • ...However, most unmarried childbearing still occurs within a union (Bumpass & Lu, 1999; Smock, 2000; Kiernan, 2004)...
    • ...For them, cohabitation is a less conventional living arrangement than it is for cohorts that have succeeded them (Bumpass & Lu, 1999; US Census Bureau, 2003; CBS, 2006)...

    RENSKE KEIZERet al. PATHWAYS I NTO C HILDLESSNESS: EVIDENCE O F G ENDERED L IFE C OURSE DY...

    • ...This is very close to national practice, as current research suggests approximately 53% of first marriages are preceded by cohabitation (Bumpass and Lu 2001)...

    Tamara Sniezek. Is It Our Day or the Bride’s Day? The Division of Wedding Labor and It...

    • ...Many nonmarital births involve cohabiting couples and couples in long-term romantic relationships (Bumpass and Lu 2000; McLanahan et al. 2001), and it seems likely that the same factors that lead to success in marriage, including sons, will lead to success in nonmarital relationships...

    Shelly Lundberget al. Child gender and the transition to marriage

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