Factors Related to Union Formation among Single Mothers in Canada

Factors Related to Union Formation among Single Mothers in Canada

Factors Related to Union Formation among Single Mothers in Canada

Factors Related to Union Formation among Single Mothers in Canadas

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Référence bibliographique [7916]

Le Bourdais, Céline, Desrosiers, Hélène et Laplante, Benoît. 1995. «Factors Related to Union Formation among Single Mothers in Canada ». Journal of Marriage and Family, vol. 57, p. 410-420.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
This study « attempts to estimate the influence of various sociodemographic characteristics on the propensity of single mothers to form a union. » (p. 411)

Questions/Hypothèses :
« What are the factors underlying the varying paths concerning union formation that are followed by women heading single-parent families? Do single mothers who form a couple within a short period of time present particular characteristics that distinguish them from other women who, wether by choice or circumstance, live alone with their children until the latter eventually leave home? » (p. 411)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
« The Family History Survey conducted in Canada in 1984 » (p. 411)

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique

3. Résumé


« The demographic changes observed in the last 25 years have led to a sharp rise in the number of single-parent families headed by women. The duration of single parenthood is, however, highly variable, depending upon the propensity of single mothers to engage in a union. Using data on 1,257 women from the 1984 Family History Survey, our study attempts to identify the factors that are associated with union formation among single mothers in Canada. Particular attention is given to disentangling the impact that three factors - the event at the origin of the episode of single parenthood, its time of occurence, and the parental responsabilities borne by single mothers - exert on their propensity to start living with a partner. The analysis is carried out using proportional hazards models. » (p. 410)