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Multipartnered Fertility and Depression Among Fragile Families

Multipartnered Fertility and Depression Among Fragile Families We used 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 suggested that MPF is associated with a greater likelihood of depression, net of family structure and other covariates. These associations disappeared, however, in more conservative fixed‐effects models that estimated changes in MPF as a function of changes in depression. Results also suggested that social selection may account for the link between MPF and depression for fathers (but not mothers), as depressed fathers with no MPF were more likely to have a child by a new partner four years later. Ultimately, MPF and depression may be reciprocally related and part of broader processes of social disadvantage. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Marriage and Family Wiley

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2011
ISSN
0022-2445
eISSN
1741-3737
DOI
10.1111/j.1741-3737.2011.00828.x
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Abstract

We used 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 suggested that MPF is associated with a greater likelihood of depression, net of family structure and other covariates. These associations disappeared, however, in more conservative fixed‐effects models that estimated changes in MPF as a function of changes in depression. Results also suggested that social selection may account for the link between MPF and depression for fathers (but not mothers), as depressed fathers with no MPF were more likely to have a child by a new partner four years later. Ultimately, MPF and depression may be reciprocally related and part of broader processes of social disadvantage.

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Journal of Marriage and FamilyWiley

Published: Jun 1, 2011

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