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

Principal Investigator(s): Williams, Kristi L., Ohio State University. Department of Sociology


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