Middle-Class Women’s Family Formation Study

Principal Investigator:
Dawne Mouzon, PhD (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)

Funded by:
Not applicable

Project Goals & Approach:
The nature of contemporary family structure has undergone drastic shifts in the past 50 years. Although the marriage decline is a universal demographic trend, this pattern is far more pronounced among African Americans and Black Caribbeans. In this set of papers, I use primary data collected from 300+ Black and White middle-class women aged 28-45 in order to understand their plans (and perceived barriers) for partnering, motherhood, companionship, and caregiving across the life course.

 

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