This article was edited by Jay Teachman.
Three-Generation Family Households: Differences by Family Structure at Birth
Article first published online: 24 SEP 2012
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2012
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 74, Issue 5, pages 931–943, October 2012
How to Cite
Pilkauskas, N. V. (2012), Three-Generation Family Households: Differences by Family Structure at Birth. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74: 931–943. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2012.01008.x
- Issue published online: 24 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 24 SEP 2012
- family structure;
- Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study;
Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (N = 4,898), this study investigated how the share, correlates, transition patterns, and duration of 3-generation households vary by mother's relationship status at birth. Nine percent of married mothers, 17% of cohabiting mothers, and 45% of single mothers lived in a 3-generation family household at the time of the child's birth. Incidence over time was much higher and most common among single-mother households: Sixty percent lived in a 3-generation family household at least 1 wave. Economic need, culture, and generational needs were associated with living in a 3-generation household; correlates varied by mother's relationship status. Three-generation family households were short lived, and transitions were frequent. Kin support through coresidence was an important source of support for families with young children and in particular families in which the parents were unwed at the time of their child's birth.