Title

The gendering of adolescents' childbearing and educational plans: Reciprocal effects and the influence of social context

Abstract

We examined the role of gender in relation to adolescents' educational and childbearing plans, the extent to which these plans were interdependent, and the differential effect of gender and social context. The High School and Beyond data were used to estimate a 2-stage least squares model of the reciprocal effect of plans and the influence of social context on plans by gender (N = 6,086). Results indicated that girls expected the timing of childbearing to affect their educational attainment, but boys did not. Educational plans had a greater, positive effect on girls' childbearing plans relative to boys. Family and school contexts also differentially affected girls' and boys' plans. We concluded that gender was important to the development to these adolescents' plans.

Publication Date

6-2002

Journal Title

Sex Roles

Publisher

Springer

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1023/A:1020413630553

Document Type

Article

Rights

c 2002 Plenum Publishing Corporation

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