The effects of mother's marital status on adolescent and young adult health and economic well-being among African Americans

Thomas A. LaVeist, Tia L. Zeno, Ruth G. Fesahazion

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Abstract

This article explores the effects of being raised by married parents during childhood on health and well-being in adolescence and young adulthood in a longitudinal sample of African Americans. This study aims to address the following three questions: Does childhood with married patients lead to better health and well-being during adolescence? Does childhood with married patients lead to better health and well-being in young adulthood? Do the health effects of childhood with married patients differ for male and female? The authors found modest direct effects of childhood exposure to marriage on health for females. Having at least some childhood marriage exposure was also associated with several positive health behaviors. There is modest evidence that marriage bestows health benefits for children and that these benefits endure into young adulthood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1065-1080
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Volume31
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Adulthood
  • African Americans
  • Health
  • Marriage
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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