Why Do Families Differ? Children's Care for an Unmarried Mother

TitleWhy Do Families Differ? Children's Care for an Unmarried Mother
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsHenretta, JC, Soldo, BJ, Van Voorhis, MF
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
KeywordsAdult children, Women and Minorities

An adult child's provision of care to an unmarried elderly mother varies both within and between families. Within-family differences address the variation in different children's behavior within in a family. Between-family differences refer to the propensities that members of a family-the children of one mother-share and that differentiate them from other families. Previous research suggests 5 hypotheses affecting either within-family or between-family differences. Data from multiple waves of the Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD) cohort of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS; 16,719 observations on 5,607 mother - child dyads in 1,925 families) are used to estimate a multilevel model with a binary outcome. Results indicate substantial differences between families. Mother's characteristics, family composition, and family history account for about half the between-family differences.

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Families/family life/Child care/Marriage/WOMEN/Motherhood

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Citation Key7595