Multidimensional risk profiles on teen parenthood: Evidence from britain in the 1970s

Stephen T. Russell

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Research on the antecedents of teen parenthood has most often focused on the family of origin as the primary locus for understanding parenthood risk; however, several theoretical perspectives promote the inclusion of multiple domains of adolescents’ lives for understanding behavior. Using data from a British cohort who grew up during the 1970s (the National Child Development Study), this study considers the degree to which family characteristics from the teenage years mediate and are mediated by physical development, psychosocial characteristics, academic performance and attitudes, and future plans. Multidimensional risk factors show little variation by gender; however, risk factors differ according to the marital status of the teen when she or he became a parent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-447
Number of pages25
JournalSociological Spectrum
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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