Partnership trajectories, parent and child well-being

Kathleen Kiernan and Fiona Mensah

in Children of the 21st century (Volume 2)

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9781847424761
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301790 | DOI:
Partnership trajectories, parent and child well-being

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This chapter explores the consequences of divorce and remarriage for British children both in the short and the long term (see Kiernan, 1997; Rogers and Pryor, 1998) and the potential consequences for children of being born into different family settings and whether subsequent family trajectories matter. It starts by looking at changes over the first five years of the children's lives and maps the family trajectories of children born into four different settings: to married parents, cohabiting parents, to solo mothers who were in a relationship with the father at the time of the birth, and to those who were not in a relationship at that time. It also examines the trajectories for mothers from different ethnic groups, given there is a good deal of ethnic diversity in the parental context within which children are born. It discusses the frequent accompaniments to family transitions involving changes in the economic circumstances of families and in the emotional well-being of the parents and children.

Keywords: remarriage; British children; divorce; family trajectories; married parents; cohabiting parents; solo mothers; ethnic diversity; economic circumstances; emotional well-being

Chapter.  7474 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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