Anyawie, Maurice (2018). Growing up in America: Children of immigrants and nonmarital fertility. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.
Using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (N=10,972), this paper extends prior sociological research by being the first to explicitly integrate family demography and immigration studies into examining the nonmarital fertility behaviors of post-1965 children of immigrants. The study draws on the classical and segmented assimilation theories to examine the relationship between being a second-generation immigrant and the risk of experiencing a nonmarital first birth. It asks two main questions: (1) compared to their native-born counterparts, are there any differences in the patterns of nonmarital fertility among children of immigrants? (2) What are the factors responsible for these differentials? On a whole, the multinomial logistic regressions show that children of immigrants have lower risks of experiencing a nonmarital first birth than children of the native-born. The results suggest culture as playing an important role in mitigating children of immigrants’ risks of a nonmarital first birth. I discuss the implications of the findings to the immigration theories.
immigration studies family demography classical assimilation theory segmented assimilation theory nonmarital fertility
Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association
3581. Section on Sociology of Children and Youth Refereed Roundtable Session
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