Marriage and Parenthood in the Lives of Adolescents and Young Adults

This grant allowed Dr. Christina Gibson-Davis to examine a socio-cultural conception of marriage and childbearing by combining qualitative and quantitative analyses to understand the roles of marriage and fertility in the lives of adolescents and young adults. Results indicated that marriage and fertility are regarded as two separate decisions, governed by different factors. In particular, couples’ marital behavior is more responsive to changes in earnings than is their fertility behavior, indicating that economic standards act as a barrier to marriage, but not to fertility.