Marriage and Cohabitation Among Single Mothers: Consequences for Two Generations (ICPSR 34502)

Principal Investigator(s):


The central goal of this project was to determine the consequences of single mothers' union transitions (including marriage, cohabitation, and union dissolution) for their own health and well-being in mid-life and for the health, well-being, and union formation patterns of their young adult offspring. Data for this study was drawn from the 1979 National Longitudinal Study of Young, an ongoing panel survey of a nationally representative sample of young men and women who were aged 14-22 in 1979 and their offspring.

Access Notes

  • These data are not available from ICPSR. Users should consult the data owners directly for details on obtaining these resources.

Study Description


This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   household composition, living arrangements, marriage, single mothers

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Data Collection Notes:

These data are not available from DSDR or ICPSR. Researchers should consult the principal investigator directly for details on obtaining access to the data and documentation:

Dr. Kristi L. Williams

Department of Sociology

Ohio State University

155 Townsend Hall

1885 Neil Avenue Mall

Columbus, OH 43210