The Nonmarital Childbearing Network

The Intersection Between Childbearing and Union Status

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Tracing relationship patterns with latent class growth curves

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Brienna Perelli-Harris, Mark Lyons-Amos
General description Studies on Europe and the U.S. indicate that marriage has been postponed, cohabitation has increased, and unions are more likely to dissolve. However, no study has been able to capture all of these dimensions simultaneously. In this project we use latent class growth models to trace the complexity of union formation in the United States and 14 countries in Europe. We examine how union status can change between the ages of 15-45 for women born 1945-74. After determining the optimal number of latent classes, we calculate the probability of falling into each class by country and cohort. Using this approach we examine the heterogeneity of union patterns across countries and over time, how these patterns are associated with education, and the intersection between relationship patterns and fertility.
Presentations Perelli-Harris, B., M. Lyons-Amos: The relationship between education and patterns of union formation in the United States and across Europe The Population Association of America. New Orleans, April 11-13, 2013.

Perelli-Harris, B., M. Lyons-Amos: The Heterogeneity of relationship patterns within and across countries: an examination of the United States and 14 countries in Europe. British Society for Population Studies. Sept. 10-12, 2012.

Perelli-Harris, B., M. Lyons-Amos: The Heterogeneity of relationship patterns within and across countries: an examination of the United States and 14 countries in Europe. Seminar on First Union Patterns around the World, organized by IUSSP. Madrid, Spain. June 20-22, 2012.
Working paper Perelli-Harris, B., M. Lyons-Amos (2012): "The Heterogeneity of Relationship Patterns within and across countries: an examination of the United States and 14 countries in Europe. IUSSP Working Paper. Prepared for the Seminar on First Union Patters around the World.







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