Beyond the Two-Parent Family

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Beyond the Two-Parent Family

How Teenagers Fare in Cohabitating Couple and Blended Families

Three to four percent of teenagers lived in cohabiting families in 1997 and these percentages did not vary dramatically by race/ethnicity. This brief explores how 3 measures of teen well-being vary by family structure and race/ethnicity. Based on these three measures of well-being, living with a single mother and her boyfriend, who was not the teen's father, was not better than living in a single-mother family. For whites and Hispanics, it was significantly worse. Black teenagers who lived with married biological parents or with their mothers and step/adoptive fathers fared better on these 3 measures of well-being than those who were living with a single mother or with a single mother and her boyfriend.

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