Department of Sociology and Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.
Neighborhood Poverty and Nonmarital Fertility: Spatial and Temporal Dimensions
Article first published online: 20 JAN 2010
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2010
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 72, Issue 1, pages 89–104, February 2010
How to Cite
South, S. J. and Crowder, K. (2010), Neighborhood Poverty and Nonmarital Fertility: Spatial and Temporal Dimensions. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72: 89–104. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2009.00685.x
- Issue published online: 20 JAN 2010
- Article first published online: 20 JAN 2010
- geographic proximity;
- nonmarital parenting;
Data from 4,855 respondents to the Panel Study of Income Dynamics were used to examine spatial and temporal dimensions of the effect of neighborhood poverty on teenage premarital childbearing. Although high poverty in the immediate neighborhood increased the risk of becoming an unmarried parent, high poverty in surrounding neighborhoods reduced this risk. The effect of local neighborhood poverty was especially pronounced when surrounding neighborhoods were economically advantaged. Measuring exposure to neighborhood poverty over the childhood life course yielded stronger effects than measuring exposure at a single age. Neither racial differences in the level of poverty in proximate neighborhoods nor racial differences in neighborhood poverty over the childhood life course explained the racial difference in nonmarital fertility.