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The impact of delayed parenting on child outcomes

Patricia Rose Hoffman, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


The purpose of this exploratory study is to investigate the outcomes for children in families who delayed parenthood. Research has been done on the impact on the parents, and there is no conclusive evidence that parental age can be used to predict the manner in which couples experience parenthood. This study is concerned with looking at the children of delayed parenting to see if there is a linear relationship between age of the parents and positive outcomes. Social capital theory will be used to address this issue. ^ Results revealed that the mother's age at birth is related to positive adolescent outcomes with a linear relationship only for parental reports of internalizing problems and externalizing problems. When there is a curvilinear relationship, the age at which the beneficial effects of the older age of the mother end is very different depending on the outcome measure being examined. The data reveal that education and family income explain much of the effect of the age of the mother on the adolescent outcomes, and that the variables for warm and harsh parenting are more likely to have a significant effect than other social capital variables. ^

Subject Area

Sociology, Individual and Family Studies

Recommended Citation

Hoffman, Patricia Rose, "The impact of delayed parenting on child outcomes" (2002). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3074081.