Single mothers, single fathers: Gender differences in fertility after a nonmarital birth

Karen Benjamin Guzzo, Sarah R. Hayford

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Abstract

Research on nonmarital fertility has focused almost exclusively on unmarried mothers, due in part to a lack of fertility information for men. Cycle 6 of the National Survey of Family Growth allows exploration of nonmarital fertility for both genders.The authors compare the characteristics of unmarried first-time mothers (n = 2,455) and fathers (n = 797), use event history techniques to model second-birth hazards, and examine the distribution of men's and women's second births across types of relationships. The authors' analysis is motivated by questions about how selection into nonmarital fertility relates to subsequent fertility behavior and by theories of mate selection and the "relationship" market. The authors found that unmarried mothers are more likely to have a second birth than unmarried fathers, driven largely by a higher hazard of having a noncoresidential second birth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)906-933
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Volume31
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

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Keywords

  • Fertility
  • Gender
  • Nonmarital fertility
  • Parity

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Single mothers, single fathers : Gender differences in fertility after a nonmarital birth. / Guzzo, Karen Benjamin; Hayford, Sarah R.

In: Journal of Family Issues, Vol. 31, No. 7, 2010, p. 906-933.

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Guzzo, Karen Benjamin ; Hayford, Sarah R. / Single mothers, single fathers : Gender differences in fertility after a nonmarital birth. In: Journal of Family Issues. 2010 ; Vol. 31, No. 7. pp. 906-933.
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