Understanding Young Fertility in the Context of Economic Disadvantage

  • Marcia J. CarlsonEmail author
Part of the National Symposium on Family Issues book series (NSFI, volume 2)


This chapter notes the strong association between young fertility and economic disadvantage. Three research areas are described relating to young fertility that I believe may warrant additional attention. First, it would be useful to know more about the process and antecedents of young fertility, particularly in light of the gap between the perceived financial prerequisites for marriage among low-income couples and the lack of such prerequisites for childbearing. Second, it is important to understand more about the nature and dynamics of young childrearing in the context of complex personal and family circumstances, such as multipartnered fertility, high rates of paternal incarceration, unstable couple relationships, and likely repartnering. Third, the broader implications of young fertility are not well understood, particularly the extent to which young fertility may be part of the process of growing stratification and inequality, both within and across generations.


Young Parent Nonresident Father Nonmarital Birth Fragile Family Nonmarital Fertility 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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