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Changes in the Age Distribution of Parents, 1940-1980

Citation

Eggebeen, David & Uhlenberg, Peter (1989). Changes in the Age Distribution of Parents, 1940-1980. Journal of Family Issues, 10(2), 169-88.

Abstract

There have been substantial changes in the fertility patterns of women in the past half century. Using data drawn from the 1940 through 1980 Public Use Samples of the U.S. Census Population, the authors examine how these changes have affected the age distribution of parents for successive cohorts of children. They find that the average age of mothers and fathers has declined across cohorts of children. Part of the reason for this decline in mean ages is the precipitous decline in the proportion of black and white children who have mothers and fathers more than 35 years older than themselves. The proportion of white children born to teenage mothers changed very little during this time period. However, the likelihood of black children being born to very young mothers increased rapidly after 1960.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/019251389010002002

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Journal of Family Issues

Author(s)

Eggebeen, David
Uhlenberg, Peter

Year Published

1989

Volume Number

10

Issue Number

2

Pages

169-88

Reference ID

762