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Associations of childhood religious attendance, family structure, and nonmarital fertility across cohorts

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Wildeman, C; Percheski, C
Published in: Journal of Marriage and Family
December 1, 2009

This article considers associations among childhood family structure, childhood religious service attendance, and the probability of having a nonmarital first birth before age 30 for non-Hispanic White women born 1944 to 1964 using data from the 1988 and 1995 waves of the National Survey of Family Growth (N = 5,995). We found that attending religious services weekly during childhood and growing up in a 2-biological-parent family were associated with lower odds of having had a nonmarital first birth. These associations were quite stable across cohorts, although religious attendance was less associated with nonmarital fertility for the youngest cohort. We estimate that changes in these childhood experiences account for 22% of the increase in nonmarital first births across these cohorts. © 2009 National Council on Family Relations.

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Journal of Marriage and Family

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1741-3737

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0022-2445

Publication Date

December 1, 2009

Volume

71

Issue

5

Start / End Page

1294 / 1308

Related Subject Headings

  • Family Studies
  • 2204 Religion and Religious Studies
  • 1701 Psychology
  • 1603 Demography
 

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Wildeman, C., & Percheski, C. (2009). Associations of childhood religious attendance, family structure, and nonmarital fertility across cohorts. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71(5), 1294–1308. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-3737.2009.00669.x
Wildeman, C., and C. Percheski. “Associations of childhood religious attendance, family structure, and nonmarital fertility across cohorts.” Journal of Marriage and Family 71, no. 5 (December 1, 2009): 1294–1308. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-3737.2009.00669.x.
Wildeman C, Percheski C. Associations of childhood religious attendance, family structure, and nonmarital fertility across cohorts. Journal of Marriage and Family. 2009 Dec 1;71(5):1294–308.
Wildeman, C., and C. Percheski. “Associations of childhood religious attendance, family structure, and nonmarital fertility across cohorts.” Journal of Marriage and Family, vol. 71, no. 5, Dec. 2009, pp. 1294–308. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2009.00669.x.
Wildeman C, Percheski C. Associations of childhood religious attendance, family structure, and nonmarital fertility across cohorts. Journal of Marriage and Family. 2009 Dec 1;71(5):1294–1308.
Journal cover image

Published In

Journal of Marriage and Family

DOI

EISSN

1741-3737

ISSN

0022-2445

Publication Date

December 1, 2009

Volume

71

Issue

5

Start / End Page

1294 / 1308

Related Subject Headings

  • Family Studies
  • 2204 Religion and Religious Studies
  • 1701 Psychology
  • 1603 Demography