Incarceration and the bonds among parents in fragile families

Page Count
39
Year Published
2003
Author (Individual)
Western, Bruce.
Lopoo, Leonard M.
McLanahan, Sara
Resource Type
Report
Resource Format
PDF
This paper utilizes the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study to investigate if a father's previous incarceration reduces the stability in the relationship between parents who recently had a child. Our results suggest that parents that were non-co-resident at the time of the birth of their child are 19 percent less likely to cohabit 12 months later ifthe father has been incarcerated. Similarly, non-co-resident couples are 37 percent less likely to be married 12 months after the birth of their child if the father has been incarcerated. (Author abstract).

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