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Marriage and cohabitation / Arland Thornton, William G. Axinn, Yu Xie.

By: Thornton, Arland.
Contributor(s): Axinn, William G | Xie, Yu, 1959-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Population and development (Chicago, Ill.): Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007Description: ix, 443 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780226798660 (cloth : alk. paper); 0226798666 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): Marriage -- United States | Unmarried couples -- United States | Young adults -- United States -- Attitudes | United States -- Social conditions -- 1945-DDC classification: 306.810973/09045
Contents:
I. Historical and conceptual issues : Introduction -- Historical perspectives on marriage -- Comparing marriage, cohabitation, and being single -- Entering marital and cohabiting unions -- II. Parental factors during childhood and adolescence : Influence of parental youth factors before birth of study child -- Influence of parental factors during childhood and adolescence of the children -- III. Parental and child factors during the children's young adulthood : The courtship process and union formation -- Religious affiliation and commitment -- The influence of attitudes, values, and beliefs -- Educational influences -- Work, earnings potential, and career aspiration -- IV. Integration and summary of effects : Conclusions -- Appendix: A. Technical explanation of estimation of total, direct, and indirect effects ; B. Conceptualizing and estimating union formation rates ; C. Description of measures used in chapters 5 through 11 ; D. Constructing measures of earnings potential for use in chapter 11.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [391]-428) and index.

I. Historical and conceptual issues : Introduction -- Historical perspectives on marriage -- Comparing marriage, cohabitation, and being single -- Entering marital and cohabiting unions -- II. Parental factors during childhood and adolescence : Influence of parental youth factors before birth of study child -- Influence of parental factors during childhood and adolescence of the children -- III. Parental and child factors during the children's young adulthood : The courtship process and union formation -- Religious affiliation and commitment -- The influence of attitudes, values, and beliefs -- Educational influences -- Work, earnings potential, and career aspiration -- IV. Integration and summary of effects : Conclusions -- Appendix: A. Technical explanation of estimation of total, direct, and indirect effects ; B. Conceptualizing and estimating union formation rates ; C. Description of measures used in chapters 5 through 11 ; D. Constructing measures of earnings potential for use in chapter 11.

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CHOICE Review

The authors (all, Institute for Social Research, Univ. of Michigan) present a comprehensive analysis of factors influencing the decisions of young Americans to cohabit or to marry, and the transformation or not of cohabiting unions into marriage. The factors they analyze are quite numerous, including parental factors of various sorts, courtship processes, the influence of religious and other attitudes and values, and the role of education, earnings, and career. The primary data derive from the large-scale "Intergenerational Panel Study of Parents and Children" (in the Russell Sage Foundation publication Looking at Lives: American Longitudinal Studies of the Twentieth Century, CH, Apr'03, 40-4686), which the authors subject to wide-ranging and sophisticated statistical analysis. In addition, they survey many other studies of marriage and cohabitation, and devote a chapter to the history of marriage in the Western world. Although the authors' conclusions are too complex to summarize here, what is noteworthy is the importance of intergenerational factors in people's decisions on cohabitation and marriage. This book is an important scholarly contribution to understanding marriage and family in the US, with many interesting insights and interpretations concerning the growing phenomenon of premarital cohabitation in US society. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. Stauder University of Massachusetts--Dartmouth

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Arland Thornton is professor of sociology and a research professor at the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Reading History Sideways , also published by the University of Chicago Press. <p> William G. Axinn is professor of sociology at the University of Michigan and a research professor at the ISR.</p> <p> Yu Xie is the Otis Dudley Duncan Professor of Sociology and Statistics at the University of Michigan and a research professor at the ISR.</p>

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