The family formation process among U.S. marriage cohorts

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Abstract

The family formation process is viewed as the progression of women through first marriage, first, subsequent, and last births and is examined for differential patterns of timing in 1930-1969 marriage cohorts. Based on the childbearing histories of approximately 17,000 white women once and still married, extracted from the June 1975 Current Population Survey, the study uses a dynamic model to show the varying importance across cohorts of the first birth interval as an important indicator of the total time spent in childbearing, social background effects in differentiating the timing of the first two births, and of prior birth transitions as affecting subsequent ones.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-27
Number of pages27
JournalDemography
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography

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