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Soc Sci Res. 2011 Mar;40(2):433-43. doi: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2010.09.005.

Kin connection: kin involvement while growing up and marriage in adulthood.

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Department of Sociology, 1 University Station, A1700, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712.


Although previous research demonstrates the importance of the availability of marriageable men, earnings, and employment stability for racial differences in marriage, it also suggests that other factors likely contribute to this variation. This study investigates a new factor that might help to explain racial variation in marriage, the kinship group. To explore this possible connection, we examine the influence of parental kin involvement experienced during childhood and adolescence on marriage in adulthood using all three waves of the National Survey of Families and Households. While few of the measures of kin ties have significant effects on marriage, some measures were significantly related and the patterns of associations sometimes varied by race.


Culture; Family; Kin; Marriage; Race

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