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Cohabitation and Children's Externalizing Behavior in Low-Income Latino Families
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2011
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 73, Issue 1, pages 46–66, February 2011
How to Cite
Fomby, P. and Estacion, A. (2011), Cohabitation and Children's Externalizing Behavior in Low-Income Latino Families. Journal of Marriage and Family, 73: 46–66. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00788.x
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
- externalizing behavior;
- family structure;
We consider the association of cohabitation experience with externalizing behavior among children of Latina mothers whose ethnic origin is in Mexico, Puerto Rico, or the Dominican Republic. Data were drawn from three waves of the Three-City Study (N = 656 mother-child pairs). Children of Mexican-origin mothers had greater externalizing problems in childhood and adolescence when their mothers were born in the United States or had immigrated as minors. For children of Caribbean-origin mothers, being born to a cohabiting or married mother had a statistically equivalent association with externalizing behavior when mothers were born outside the mainland United States (Dominican and island-born Puerto Rican mothers). Children of mainland-born Puerto Rican mothers had more behavior problems when their mothers cohabited at birth.