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By Frank F. Furstenberg Jr, J. Brooks-Gunn, S. Philip Morgan

This landmark research strains the lifestyles histories of roughly three hundred teenage moms and their childrens over a seventeen-year interval. From interview information and case reports, it offers a brilliant account of the impression of early childbearing on younger moms and their teenagers. a few awesome and outstanding effects emerge from this certain learn of the longer term variation to early parenthood. It additionally bargains new insights into the unexplored connections among moms' careers and the advance in their little ones. Adolescent moms in Later existence may be a useful source for all these attracted to teenage being pregnant.

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The Baltimore women are slightly less likely to be currently married and slightly more likely to be previously married than early childbearers in the three national surveys, but the differences are trivial. Since women who married early were less likely to remain in the study, sample attrition may well explain this difference. Noticeable differences, however, are evident in the marital patterns of early and later childbearers. Even though they had a headstart on family formation, early childbearers are actually less likely to enter marriage than women who delay parenthood.

Our guess is that, if anything, they may be a little better off than those who remained in the sample. However, so few differences exist in the socioeconomic and academic background of participants and dropouts at the outset of the study that any biases due to residential mobility must be very small. 2 Clearly, the subjects were not selected in a way to ensure the representa2 In subsequent interviews, several women acknowledged that they had been pregnant prior to 1966, when the study began. Apparently, they had neglected to report a previous miscarriage.

Unlike the figures on schooling and marital status, the Baltimore women stand out from their counterparts nationwide. 5 births fewer than the early childbearers in the national surveys. Several reasons could explain this difference, including regional differences in fertility, fewer number of years married (the Baltimore women have spent less time in matrimony), and, most important, better opportunities to obtain sterilization at an early age because of ample medical facilities in the community.

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