Early Childbearing Patterns and Their Consequences Across Three Generations of the Rochester Youth Development Study

Greg Pogarsky, University at Albany
Terence P. Thornberry, University at Albany
Alan J. Lizotte, University at Albany
Marvin D. Krohn, University at Albany

This abstract examines the early childbearing patterns and consequences therefrom across three generations of the Rochester Youth Development Study (RYDS). We report findings from several analyses. First, we examine the association between a mother's age at onset of childbearing and several criminal and non-criminal life outcoems for her children. Second, we investigate the mediating mechanisms that help explain why the children of young mother suffer adverse life outcomes. Third, we test whether children born to young mothers are disproportionately likely to become young parents themselves. Finally, we investigate whether a mother's early onset of childbearing also places her grandchildren at greater risk for several adverse life outcoems. We conclude by discussing the implications of our findings for developing a theoretical understanding of the intergenerational aspects of early childbrearing.

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