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Adolescent Educational Outcomes in Blended Families: Evidence from Swedish Register Data
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Demografiska avdelningen)
2014 (English)In: Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, ISSN 1050-2556, E-ISSN 1540-4811, Vol. 55, no 7, 568-589 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Using Swedish register data, this article examines the association between having experienced the birth of a younger half-sibling and two educational outcome measures among Swedish 9th graders from 1998 to 2007. The data set, with the full population of 9th graders (N = 874,812), enables us to differentiate between adolescents with maternal as well as paternal half-siblings. The results show that adolescents in postseparation families with half-siblings have lower overall grades and are less likely to be eligible for school continuation after 9th grade than those without half-siblings. The results point to interesting gender patterns both by the sex of the child and whether the half-sibling is maternal or paternal.

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2014. Vol. 55, no 7, 568-589 p.
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blended family, family structure, half-sibling, sibling structure, stepfamily
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-109374DOI: 10.1080/10502556.2014.950897OAI: diva2:764581
Available from: 2014-11-19 Created: 2014-11-19 Last updated: 2014-11-20Bibliographically approved

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