Direct all communications to Anastasia R. Snyder, Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology and Demography, The Pennsylvania State University, 111a Armsby Building, University Park, PA 16802, tel: 814–865-6223, fax: 814–865-3746, firstname.lastname@example.org. Support for this project was provided by Experiment Station Projects 3865 of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Population Center Grant funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to the Population Research Institute (R24 HD 41025-01), The Pennsylvania State University. Many thanks to Susan Brown for thoughtful discussions.
The Role of Contemporary Family Behaviors in Nonmarital Conception Outcomes of Nonmetro Women: Comments on Albrecht and Albrecht (2004)*
Version of Record online: 22 OCT 2009
2006 Rural Sociological Society
Volume 71, Issue 1, pages 155–163, March 2006
How to Cite
Snyder, A. R. (2006), The Role of Contemporary Family Behaviors in Nonmarital Conception Outcomes of Nonmetro Women: Comments on Albrecht and Albrecht (2004). Rural Sociology, 71: 155–163. doi: 10.1526/003601106777789774
- Issue online: 22 OCT 2009
- Version of Record online: 22 OCT 2009
Abstract Recent research by Albrecht and Albrecht (2004) on nonmarital conception outcomes is extended using data from the 1995 cycle of the National Survey of Family Growth. Residential differences in nonmarital conception outcomes are examined, including nonmarital conception, live birth outcomes, and marital status at birth following a nonmarital conception. Analyses emphasize the role of more contemporary family behaviors in conception outcomes and the importance of distinguishing suburban-metro from central city-metro residence in studies that emphasize residential variation in family outcomes. Findings are that (1) nonmetro women have retained more traditional family behavior with regards to marriage following a nonmarital conception, (2) nonmetro and suburban women, however, have equally traditional family patterns and behaviors on many of the outcomes of interest, and (3) it is important to include contemporary family behaviors, such as nonmarital cohabitation, in studies that evaluate traditional family behavior among nonmetro populations.