This article was edited by Jay Teachman.
Race and Childlessness in America, 1988–2002
Article first published online: 30 JUL 2009
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2009
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 71, Issue 3, pages 741–755, August 2009
How to Cite
Lundquist, J. H., Budig, M. J. and Curtis, A. (2009), Race and Childlessness in America, 1988–2002. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71: 741–755. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2009.00630.x
- Issue published online: 30 JUL 2009
- Article first published online: 30 JUL 2009
This paper bridges the literature on childlessness, which often focuses on married White couples, to the literature on race and fertility, which often focuses on why total fertility rates and nonmarital births are higher for Blacks than Whites. Despite similarity in levels of childlessness among Black women and White women, Black trends have been largely ignored. Recent research has not adequately explored the extent to which factors driving childlessness may vary among Black and White women. We attempted to fill this gap using the National Survey of Family Growth (N = 3,628) and found many similarities in the predictors of childlessness for both races. Exceptions were the role of marital status and educational attainment.