Parental expectations and the timing of childbearing among Latino adolescents


Tucker, Christine (2010). Parental expectations and the timing of childbearing among Latino adolescents. 2010 Add Health Users Conference. Bethesda, MD.


Few studies have examined parenting practices in Latino families and how they relate to pregnancy prevention. Using Add Health data, we examine whether parental expectations influence adolescent pregnancy for Latinos (n=2,665) in comparison to non-Latino Whites (n=8,926) and African Americans (n=3,363). Guided by status attainment theory, we use survival analysis to test our hypothesis that high parental college expectations are associated with a lower likelihood of teenage pregnancy and lead to childbearing later in the life cycle. We use data on male and female respondents’ first pregnancy collected in the Wave IV pregnancy history. Data on parental expectations for their children’s schooling and selected covariates were collected at Wave I. To examine the contribution of parental expectations when other parenting strategies are employed, we evaluate interactions between other strategies and parental expectations. Additionally we examine how findings are modified by individual, family, and community contexts including gender, age, race/ethnicity, adolescent ability, parents’ highest educational attainment, family structure, and parental nativity, percent poverty, rural, urban or suburban, and racial composition.


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Conference proceeding

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2010 Add Health Users Conference


Tucker, Christine

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Bethesda, MD

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