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Children of the 21st century (Volume 2)The first five years$
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Kirstine Hansen, Heather Joshi, and Shirley Dex

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424761

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424761.001.0001

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Partnership trajectories, parent and child well-being

Partnership trajectories, parent and child well-being

Chapter:
(p.76) (p.77) Five Partnership trajectories, parent and child well-being
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Children of the 21st century (Volume 2)
Author(s):

Kathleen Kiernan

Fiona Mensah

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424761.003.0005

This chapter explores the consequences of divorce and remarriage for British children both in the short and the long term (see Kiernan, 1997; Rogers and Pryor, 1998) and the potential consequences for children of being born into different family settings and whether subsequent family trajectories matter. It starts by looking at changes over the first five years of the children's lives and maps the family trajectories of children born into four different settings: to married parents, cohabiting parents, to solo mothers who were in a relationship with the father at the time of the birth, and to those who were not in a relationship at that time. It also examines the trajectories for mothers from different ethnic groups, given there is a good deal of ethnic diversity in the parental context within which children are born. It discusses the frequent accompaniments to family transitions involving changes in the economic circumstances of families and in the emotional well-being of the parents and children.

Keywords:   remarriage, British children, divorce, family trajectories, married parents, cohabiting parents, solo mothers, ethnic diversity, economic circumstances, emotional well-being

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