Early life parental losses and the timing of family formation events in young adulthood

dc.contributor.advisorUmberson, Debra
dc.creatorSaunders, Randi Elizabeth
dc.creator.orcid0000-0002-6072-9368
dc.date.accessioned2023-02-01T21:32:16Z
dc.date.available2023-02-01T21:32:16Z
dc.date.created2019-08
dc.date.issued2022-10-06
dc.date.submittedAugust 2019
dc.date.updated2023-02-01T21:32:17Z
dc.description.abstractDemographic differences in patterns of family formation, including the timing of key family formation events such as union formation and the transition to parenthood, are well-documented. These differences reflect and contribute to cycles of inequality through their consequences for educational attainment, family stability, and labor force participation. An under-explored contributor to intergenerational transmission of inequality is differential exposure to early family losses across racial groups. Using data from a nationally representative longitudinal panel study, this paper examines how the loss of a parent prior to age 18 contributes to the timing of key family formation milestones during the transition to adulthood. Results indicate that early parental deaths are significantly associated with changes in the timing of first union formation and the transition to parenthood across racial groups, with maternal deaths strongly contributing to accelerated union formation, particularly among Black Americans.
dc.description.departmentSociology
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/117386
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/44267
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectFamily formation
dc.subjectTransition to adulthood
dc.subjectFamily instability
dc.subjectUnion formation
dc.subjectParenthood
dc.subjectFirst birth
dc.subjectYoung adulthood
dc.subjectSocial stratification
dc.titleEarly life parental losses and the timing of family formation events in young adulthood
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentSociology
thesis.degree.disciplineSociology
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
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