Incarceration and the bonds among parents in fragile families

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Western, Bruce.
Lopoo, Leonard M.
McLanahan, Sara
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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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