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Mind the gap: the health advantages that accompany parental marriage vary by maternal nativity

Sigle, Wendy ORCID: 0000-0002-8450-960X and Goisis, Alice (2019) Mind the gap: the health advantages that accompany parental marriage vary by maternal nativity. Population Studies, 73 (3). 369 - 386. ISSN 0032-4728

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00324728.2019.1654613


Using data from the UK Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), we examine whether and how the health benefits of having two biological parents in a continuous marital relationship vary by maternal nativity and ethnicity, comparing UK-born White mothers with: (1) White mothers born in wealthy countries; (2) ethnic minority mothers from South Asia; and (3) ethnic minority mothers born in Africa. Making novel use of classification and regression tree (CART) methods, we examine whether marital status is a uniform marker of economic advantage or better health-related behaviours across the four maternal nativity and ethnic groups. The findings, which indicate that the health-related advantages associated with parental marriage are not uniform across the four nativity and ethnic groups, have implications for future research on family gaps in well-being and the socio-economic determinants of health.

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Additional Information: © 2019 Population Investigation Committee
Divisions: Gender Studies
Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2019 12:15
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2024 23:18

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