School of Social Work, University of Washington, 4101 15th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105-6299.
Marriage Following Adolescent Parenthood: Relationship to Adult Well-being
Version of Record online: 21 NOV 2008
© National Council on Family Relations, 2008
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 70, Issue 5, pages 1136–1144, December 2008
How to Cite
Gillmore, M. R., Lee, J., Morrison, D. M. and Lindhorst, T. (2008), Marriage Following Adolescent Parenthood: Relationship to Adult Well-being. Journal of Marriage and Family, 70: 1136–1144. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2008.00555.x
- Issue online: 21 NOV 2008
- Version of Record online: 21 NOV 2008
- nonmarital childbearing;
- teenage childbearing
Research suggests that adult marriages confer benefits. Does marriage following a teenage birth confer benefits similar to those observed for adults? Longitudinal data from a community sample of 235 young women who gave birth as unmarried adolescents were used to examine this question. Controlling for socioeconomic status and preexisting “benefits,” we found that marriage conferred small, though statistically significant, benefits with regard to less economic adversity and less marijuana and polydrug use but no observable benefits with regard to alcohol or other drug use, poverty, psychological well-being, or high school completion, in contrast to prior findings. We conclude that in addition to the marriage benefits observed, stable intimate relationships, whether marital or not, appear to confer psychological benefits in this sample.