Family Structure

NCFMR Events

Family Profiles

  • FP-17-17
    American Children's Family Structure: Single-Parent Families
  • FP-17-16
    American Children's Family Structure: Stepparent Families
  • FP-17-15
    American Children's Family Structure: Two Biological Parent Families
  • FP-15-10
    Remarriage & Stepfamilies
  • FP-15-03
    Trends in Births to Single and Cohabiting Mothers, 1980-2013
  • FP-14-05
    Trends in Births to Single and Cohabiting Mothers, 1980-2009
  • FP-13-19
    Children's Family Structure, 2013    
  • FP-13-16
    Diverging Destinies: Children's Family Structure Variation by Maternal Education    
  • FP-13-15
    Intentions of Nonmarital First Births and Maternal Age at Birth: 2000-2010    
  • FP-13-10
    Women Who Gave Birth Within the Past 12 Months, 2011    
  • FP-13-03
    Grandchildren: Living in a Grandparent-Headed Household    
  • FP-13-02
    Public Assistance Participation Among U.S. Children in Poverty, 2010    
  • FP-12-24
    Intentions and Planning Status of Births: 2000-2010    
  • FP-12-23
    Single, Cohabiting, and Married Mothers in the U.S., 2011    
  • FP-12-18
    Co-Resident Grandparents: Caregivers Versus Non-Caregivers    
  • FP-12-17
    Child Poverty in the United States, 2010    
  • FP-12-16
    Health Insurance Coverage of U.S. Children, 2010    
  • FP-12-09
    Fatherhood in the U.S.: The Decoupling of Marriage and Childbearing    
  • FP-12-08
    Who are Nonresident Fathers? Demographic Characteristics of Nonresident Fathers    
  • FP-12-06
    Unmarried Births to Cohabiting and Single Mothers, 2005-2010    
  • FP-12-02
    Nonresident Father Visitation    
  • FP-11-11
    On the Road to Adulthood: Sequencing of Family Experiences    
  • FP-11-08
    On the Road to Adulthood: Forming Families    
  • FP-11-07
    Children in Cohabiting Unions    
  • FP-11-06
    Adoption Motivations Among U.S. Parents    
  • FP-11-05
    Adoptive Parents in the U.S., 2007    
  • FP-11-03
    Adopted Children in the U.S., 2007    
  • FP-11-01
    U.S. Families and Households: Economic Well-being    
  • FP-10-08
    Same-Sex Couple Households in the U.S., 2009

Working Papers & Publications

  • WP-09-07
    Bachman, H. J., Coley, R. L., & Carrano, J. (July 2009). "Distinguishing between Family Structure and Family Instability on Child Well-Being in Low-Income Families."
    • Published in Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.
      • Bachman, H. J., Coley, R. L. & Carrano, J. "Maternal Relationship Instability Influences on Children’s Emotional and Behavioral Functioning in Low-Income Families." Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 39(8): 1149–1161. November 2011. doi: 10.1007/s10802-011-9535-1
    • Bachman, J. J., Coley, R. L., & Carrano, J. (2012). "Low-income mothers' patterns of partnership instability and adolescents' behavioral and emotional well-being." Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 263-273; doi: 10.1037/a0027427
  • WP-09-11
    Cavanagh, S., & Sullivan, K. (September 2009). "Family Instability, Early Social Competence, and Later Romantic Activity in Adolescence."
  • WP-10-02
    Dunifon, R., Carmalt, J. H., & Joyner, K. (March 2009). "Parenting in Vain?: Stepfather Influences on Early Transitions to Parenthood."
  • WP-10-04
    Evenhouse, E., & Reilly, S. (April 2010). "Multiple-Father Fertility and the Criminal Justice System." 
  • WP-11-06
    Fomby, P., Cavanagh, S., & Goode, J. (November 2011). "Family Instability and School Readiness in the United States and the United Kingdom."
  • WP-09-08
    Fomby, P., & Sennott, C. A. (July 2009). "Family Structure Instability and Residential and School Mobility: The Consequences for Adolescents' Behavior."
    • Published in Social Science Research.
      • Fomby, P., & Sennott, C. A. 2013. "Family structure instability and mobility: The consequences for adolescents' problem behavior." (2013). Social Science Research, January 2013, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp. 186-201.
  • WP-09-05
    Fomby, P., Mollborn, S., & Sennott, C. A. (July 2009). "Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Effect of Family Instability on Adolescents' Behavior."
    • Published in Journal of Marriage and Family.
      • Fomby, P., Molborn, S., & Sennott, C. A. 2010. "Race/Ethnic Differences in Effects of Family Instability on Adolescents' Risk Behavior." Journal of Marriage and Family, 72(2), 234-253; doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00696.x
  • WP-09-06
    Heard, H. E. (July 2009). "Family Instability and Adolescent Educational Success: The Accumulation and Timing of Family Transitions Across Childhood."
  • WP-12-02
    Hernandez, D. C., Pressler, E., Dorius, C., & Stamps Mitchell, K. (February 2012). "Family Structure Transitions and Overweight Status in Young Adulthood: Differences by Sex and Family Structure at Birth."
  • WP-09-14
    Manning, W. D., & Brown, S. L. (December 2009). "The Demography of Unions Among Older Americans: 1980-present."  
  • WP-09-04
    Rinelli, L. N. (July 2009). "Father Involvement Over Time and Differences by Union Status: A Comparison of Mother and Father Reports."
  • WP-11-03
    Rinelli McClain, L., & DeMaris, A. (September 2011). "A Better Deal for Cohabiting Fathers? Union Status Differences in Father Involvement.
    • Published in Journal of Marriage and Family.
      • Brown, S. L. (October 2010). "Marriage and Child Well-Being: Research and Policy Perspectives." Journal of Marriage and Family, 72: 1059-1077. DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00750.x."
  • WP-10-05
    Seltzer, J. A., Strohm, C. Q., & Bianchi, S. M. (Updated: August 2010). "Doubling Up When Times Are Tough: A Pilot Study of Obligations to Share a Home in Response to Economic Hardship."
    • Published in  Social Science Research.
      • Seltzer, J. A., Lau, Charles, Q., & Bianchi, S. M. 2012. "Doubling up when times are tough: A study of obligations to share a home in response to economic hardship." Social Science Research, 41(3), May 2012 doi:org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2012.05.08.

The Data Source

Research Briefs

  • RB-10-01
    • Bachman, H. J., Coley, R. L., & Carrano, J.  (2010). Changes in Family Structure: The Consequences for Children's Well-Being. 
  • RB-09-04
    • Fomby, P., Mollborn, S., & Sennott, C. A. (2009). Racial and Ethnic Differences in Family Instability: Testing Social Protection and Socioeconomic Stress Theories.    
  • RB-09-03
    • Fomby, P., & Sennott, C. A. (2009). Changes in Family Structure: Consequences for Adolescents' Behavior.    
  • RB-09-01
    • Rinelli, L. (2009). The Coparenting Relationship: Key to Strengthening Fragile Families

Data Points

Conference Posters and Presentations

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    • Balistreri, K., Manning, W., & Brown, S. (2009). New Family Measures: An Examination of Direct Measures of Cohabitation and Parent Pointers.
      • Poster presented at the Population Association of America 2009 Annual Meeting, Detroit, MI (April/May).      
  • Bures, R., & Latham, K. (2009). Family Structure, Employment, and Retirement in Later Midlife.
    • Poster presented at the Population Association of America (PAA) 2010 Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX (April).    
  • WP-10-04
    • Evenhouse, E., & Reilly, S. (2010). Multiple-Father Fertility and the Criminal Justice System.
      • Research presented at the Population Association of America 2010 Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX (April).    
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    Krivickas, K., & Payne, K. (2009). Religion's Influence on Adoption Practices.
    • Poster presented at National Conference on Family Relations 71st Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA (November).

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