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Family Structure History: Links to Relationship Formation Behaviors in Young Adulthood

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    Chapin Hall Center, 1313 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637.

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    Child Trends, 4301 Connecticut Ave., Suite 350, Washington, DC 20008.

Child Trends, 4301 Connecticut Ave., Suite 350, Washington, DC 20008 (suzannejryan@gmail.com).

Abstract

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.

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