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Age at first birth and disadvantage among ethnic groups in Britain

Robson, Karen and Berthoud, Richard (2006) 'Age at first birth and disadvantage among ethnic groups in Britain.' Ethnic and Racial Studies, 29 (1). pp. 153-172. ISSN 0141-9870

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Abstract

This article examines the relationship between age at first birth and poverty among ethnic minorities in Britain. It is well known that ethnic minorities, particularly Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, have very high rates of family poverty and early fertility. Because it has been established that early motherhood is associated with a high risk of poverty and other disadvantages, it is tempting to link Pakistani and Bangladeshi poverty with their early family formation patterns. We find, however, that age at first birth had little effect on the poverty experienced by ethnic minorities. While the disadvantaged outcomes of teenage motherhood within the white community appear to be associated with the young women's departure from the dominant social norm, when early fertility is the norm in a minority community, it does not lead to any further disadvantage beyond that experienced by the ethnic group as a whole.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethnic minorities; Britain; teenage motherhood; family formation norms
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2013 12:10
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2013 12:10
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7844

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