Multipartnered Fertility and Depression Among Fragile Families.

Page Count
31
Year Published
2010
Author (Individual)
Turney, Kristin.
Carlson, Marcia J.
Resource Type
Report
Resource Format
PDF
Resource Language
English
We use data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study to examine the association between multipartnered fertility (MPF) -- when parents have children with more than one partner -- and depression. Random-effects models suggest that MPF is associated with a greater likelihood of depression, net of family structure and other covariates. However, these associations disappear in more conservative fixed-effects models that estimate changes in MPF as a function of changes in depression. Results also suggest that social selection may account for the link between MPF and depression, as depressed mothers and fathers are more likely to have a child by a new partner. Ultimately, MPF and depression may be reciprocally related and part of broader processes of social disadvantage. (Author abstract)

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