TITLE

The Chicken and the Egg of Economic Disadvantage and Multiple Partner Fertility: Which Comes First in a Sample of Low-Income Women

AUTHOR(S)
MONTE, LINDSAY M.
PUB. DATE
January 2011
SOURCE
Western Journal of Black Studies;Winter2011, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p53
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Childbearing with more than one partner (known as multiple partner fertility) is correlated with economic disadvantage, although the direction of that relationship is not known. In this paper, I examine this question by locating the arrival of children by a second father in women's life histories of childbearing, work, and public assistance use, in an effort to understand which comes first - multiple partner fertility or disadvantage? Using a low-income, predominantly African-American, sample, I find that relative economic well-being is not predictive of a birth to a second partner. However, women are subject to significantly greater economic stress after the transition into multiple partner fertility, suggesting that although relative disadvantage may not explain women's entry into higher order childbearing relationships, women's financial well-being does suffer as a result of becoming multiple partner fertility mothers.
ACCESSION #
59733264

 

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