A study of the near-term consequences of parenthood in late adolescence based on the National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972, a panel study of over 22,000 seniors. Outcome measures analyzed include: expected educational attainment; self-esteem; locus of control; orientations toward work, family, and community; satisfaction with career progress; number of children expected; homemaker aspirations; and welfare dependency. The effects of early marriage and parenthood are assessed by comparing outcome measures over time and across categories of respondents classified according to when they initially entered the parenthood role as well as when they first became married.
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