How context matters: Childhood family structure and early family formation in East and West Germany

Raab, Marcel

Document Type: Conference or workshop publication
Year of publication: 2015
Book title: MPC Population Association of America 2015 Annual Meeting : San Diego, CA, April 30-May2
The title of a journal, publication series: Annual Meeting / Population Association of America
Page range: 1-44
Conference title: PAA 2015 Annual Meeting
Location of the conference venue: San Diego, CA
Date of the conference: 30.04.-02.05.2015
Publisher: Ruggles, Steven
Place of publication: Washington, DC
Publishing house: Population Association of America
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Social Sciences > Bildungs- u. Familiensoziologie (Juniorprofessur) (Raab 2015-2020)
Subject: 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: This study investigated the association between childhood living arrangements and early family formation in Germany. Drawing on persisting socio-environmental differences between East and West Germany the author addressed the questin whether the association of childhood family structure and the early transition to adulthood varies in different societal contexts. In line with research from other countries, the analysis based on data from the German Family Panel (pairfam/DemoDiff; N=3643) showed that children from non-traditional family structures experience important demographic transitions faster than children who have been raised by both biological parents. In addition to this rather ubiquitous association, the study revealed considerable context-specific differences, which point to the long-term consequences of the post-war separation of East and West Germany. First, although increasing in relevance, family structure was less predictive for early family formationin East Germany. Second, the results indicated that the link between childhood family structure and the reproductionof social inequality, which has beenfound in many studies from the US, could only be replicated for West Germany. In East Germany, educational attainment did not mediate the effect of childhood living arrangements on early family formation, nor was it associated with an increased probability of ever having lived in an alternative family structure.
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