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

Sigle, Wendy and Goisis, Alice (2019) Mind the gap: the health advantages that accompany parental marriage vary by maternal nativity. Population Studies. ISSN 0032-4728

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00324728.2019.1654613

Abstract

Using data from the British 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, taking into account differences by country origin. Making novel use of Classification and Regression Tree (CART) methods, we demonstrate that marriage is not a uniform marker of economic advantage and better health-related behaviors across four maternal nativity and ethnic groups. The findings, which indicate that the health-related advantages associated with marriage are not uniform across nativity and ethnic groups, have implications for future research on family gaps in well-being and the socioeconomic determinants of health.

Item Type: Article
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: 11 Oct 2019 23:10
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101130

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