Moving into adulthood: Family residential mobility and first-union transitions

Authors
Citation
Sm. Myers, Moving into adulthood: Family residential mobility and first-union transitions, SOC SCI Q, 81(3), 2000, pp. 782-797
Citations number
37
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
SOCIAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY
ISSN journal
0038-4941 → ACNP
Volume
81
Issue
3
Year of publication
2000
Pages
782 - 797
Database
ISI
SICI code
0038-4941(200009)81:3<782:MIAFRM>2.0.ZU;2-N
Abstract
Objective. This article examines the association between prior residential mobility experiences with one's family and the transition to a first union in adulthood. Additional analysis examines whether parental supervision and support and family structure explain the relationship between mobility and first-union transitions. Methods. A national, longitudinal, and intergener ational data set is used. Event history techniques model first-union transi tions by treating marriage and cohabitation as competing risks that termina te singlehood. Results. The results reveal that multiple moves increase the probabilities of entering into a cohabiting union and at younger ages. Fre quent movers are also more likely to enter into cohabitation than marriage as their first union. The effects of mobility are explained partly by diffe rences in levels of parental supervision and support and differences in fam ily structure. Conclusions. It appears that childhood and adolescent mobili ty experiences shape the union behaviors of adults and contribute to the li terature on the differences between individuals who cohabit and those who d o not cohabit.