Influence of Parental Factors During Childhood and Adolescence of the Children *

Arland Thornton, William G. Axinn and Yu Xie

in Marriage and Cohabitation

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780226798660
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226798684 | DOI:
Influence of Parental Factors During Childhood and Adolescence of the Children *

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This chapter is motivated by the observation that parental families are not static entities, but dynamic and evolving organizations. Although children may experience many continuities in family life from infancy through childhood and into adolescence, most also experience numerous changes in their family environment. The chapter examines how the children's marital and cohabitation decisions are related to their familial experiences during these years of childhood and early adolescence. Two types of family factors are considered: how the education, employment, childbearing, divorce, and remarriage experience of parents from birth to age fifteen relate to their children's subsequent marital and cohabitation decisions; and how parental financial resources, family-size preferences, attendance at religious services, sex-role attitudes, and relationships with family and friends when the children are age fifteen relate to their own subsequent decisions about marriage and cohabitation.

Keywords: family; cohabitation; education; employment; childbearing; divorce; remarriage; marriage; family size; financial resources

Chapter.  9499 words. 

Subjects: Population and Demography

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