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Family Structure History: Links to Relationship Formation Behaviors in Young Adulthood
Article first published online: 23 OCT 2009
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2009
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 71, Issue 4, pages 935–953, November 2009
How to Cite
Ryan, S., Franzetta, K., Schelar, E. and Manlove, J. (2009), Family Structure History: Links to Relationship Formation Behaviors in Young Adulthood. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71: 935–953. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2009.00645.x
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- Issue published online: 23 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 23 OCT 2009
- family structure;
- intergenerational transmission;
- living arrangements;
- National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health);
- youth/emergent adulthood
Using data from three waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (N = 4, 667), we examined the intergenerational link between parental family structure history and relationship formation in young adulthood. We investigated (a) whether parental family structure history is associated with young adults' own relationship formation behaviors, (b) which dimensions of family structure history are most predictive of children's later relationship formation behaviors, and (c) if the association between family structure history and young adulthood relationship formation differs by gender. Our findings provide evidence of an intergenerational link between parent relationship histories and their offspring's own relationship formation behaviors in young adulthood over and above confounding factors.