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dc.contributor.authorAntecol, Heatheren_US
dc.contributor.authorBedard, Kellyen_US
dc.contributor.editorClaremont Institute for Economic Policy Studiesen_US
dc.description.abstractThere is longstanding evidence that children raised by single parents are more likely to perform poorly in school and partake in 'deviant' behaviors such as smoking, sex, substance use and crime at young ages. However, as of yet there is not widespread evidence or agreement as to whether or not the timing of the marital disruption differentially impacts youth outcomes. Using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) and the NLSY Young Adult Supplement, we find that the longer the biological father remains in the household the lower the probability that youth engage in sexual activity. In contrast, it is youth whose fathers are never present who are more likely to be convicted of a crime, youth whose fathers leave during adolescence who are more likely to drink alcohol and use illegal drugs and youth whose fathers leave during childhood who are more likely to smoke cigarettes.en_US
dc.publisherClaremont McKenna College, Department of Economics Claremont, CAen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWorking paper series // Claremont Institute for Economic Policy Studies 2002-23en_US
dc.subject.keywordFamily Structureen_US
dc.subject.keywordMarital Dissolutionen_US
dc.subject.keywordYouth Outcomesen_US
dc.titleDoes single parenthood increase the probability of teenage promiscuity, drug use and crime?en_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
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