COHORT DIFFERENCES IN THE TRANSITION TO MOTHERHOOD: The Variable Effects of Education and Employment Before Marriage

Kay B. Forest, Phyllis Moen, Donna Dempster‐McClain

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Abstract

Although research has found that educational attainment is a major predictor of age at first childbirth, this association may not be consistent across cohorts. In this article, we examine the adult transitions of four cohorts of married white women (N = 306), born between 1907 and 1933, including in our life course model not only education but also employment before marriage. As hypothesized, employment before marriage is the best predictor of the age at first childbirth among women entering adulthood prior to the end of World War II. In contrast, women in the early postwar years were moderately more likely to postpone childbearing due to educational pursuits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-336
Number of pages22
JournalSociological Quarterly
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1995

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