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Understanding the early life mediators behind the intergenerational transmission of partnership dissolution

Understanding the early life mediators behind the intergenerational transmission of partnership dissolution
Understanding the early life mediators behind the intergenerational transmission of partnership dissolution
Whilst research has demonstrated an intergenerational transmission of partnership dissolution, there is limited evidence as to the early life course pathways through which these associations operate, and whether these differ by gender. Many studies have not considered prospective data from early childhood, thus potentially neglecting the importance of the early childhood period in explaining this intergenerational transmission. Given that serial partnering has become increasingly commonplace it is important research considers those who experience multiple partnership dissolution. This paper examines, using data from the 1970 British Birth Cohort Study, the early life mediators underpinning the association between parental separation and the number of offspring partnership dissolutions. Among both men and women there is a significant unadjusted relationship between parental separation and the experience of multiple partnership dissolutions in adulthood. These associations were reduced once parental confounders and childhood mediators are included. Formal mediation analyses demonstrated that early life mediators accounted for more of the association in men than women. Mediators included childhood living standards, and for men child cognition and child behaviour, and for women maternal mental wellbeing. Parental separation and many early life mediators were related to the likelihood of multiple partnership dissolutions through age at first partnership.
Childhood, Cohabiting dissolution, Divorce, Early life course, Intergenerational, Life course, Mediation, Parental separation, Partnership dissolution, Transmission
1879-6974
Stannard, Sebastian
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Berrington, Ann
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Alwan, Nisreen
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Stannard, Sebastian
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Berrington, Ann
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Alwan, Nisreen
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Stannard, Sebastian, Berrington, Ann and Alwan, Nisreen (2022) Understanding the early life mediators behind the intergenerational transmission of partnership dissolution. Advances in Life Course Research, 52 (6), [100468]. (doi:10.1016/j.alcr.2022.100468).

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Whilst research has demonstrated an intergenerational transmission of partnership dissolution, there is limited evidence as to the early life course pathways through which these associations operate, and whether these differ by gender. Many studies have not considered prospective data from early childhood, thus potentially neglecting the importance of the early childhood period in explaining this intergenerational transmission. Given that serial partnering has become increasingly commonplace it is important research considers those who experience multiple partnership dissolution. This paper examines, using data from the 1970 British Birth Cohort Study, the early life mediators underpinning the association between parental separation and the number of offspring partnership dissolutions. Among both men and women there is a significant unadjusted relationship between parental separation and the experience of multiple partnership dissolutions in adulthood. These associations were reduced once parental confounders and childhood mediators are included. Formal mediation analyses demonstrated that early life mediators accounted for more of the association in men than women. Mediators included childhood living standards, and for men child cognition and child behaviour, and for women maternal mental wellbeing. Parental separation and many early life mediators were related to the likelihood of multiple partnership dissolutions through age at first partnership.

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Accepted/In Press date: 21 February 2022
e-pub ahead of print date: 24 February 2022
Published date: 1 June 2022
Additional Information: This work was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) [ES/P000673/1], and supported by ESRC Centre for Population Change (UK)
Keywords: Childhood, Cohabiting dissolution, Divorce, Early life course, Intergenerational, Life course, Mediation, Parental separation, Partnership dissolution, Transmission

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Local EPrints ID: 455282
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/455282
ISSN: 1879-6974
PURE UUID: 42cd4d2b-bdd2-47af-b313-d18a4152a0a7
ORCID for Ann Berrington: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1683-6668
ORCID for Nisreen Alwan: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4134-8463

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Date deposited: 16 Mar 2022 17:55
Last modified: 19 Dec 2023 02:52

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Author: Sebastian Stannard
Author: Ann Berrington ORCID iD
Author: Nisreen Alwan ORCID iD

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