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Does Adolescent Family Structure Predict Military Enlistment? A Comparison of Post-High School Activities.
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PMID:  24000268     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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This paper investigates the link between adolescent family structure and the likelihood of military enlistment in young adulthood, as compared to alternative post-high school activities. We use data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health and multinomial logistic regression analyses to compare the odds of military enlistment with college attendance or labor force involvement. We find that alternative family structures predict enlistment relative to college attendance. Living in a single-parent household during adolescence increased odds of military enlistment, but the effect is accounted for by socioeconomic status and early feelings of social isolation. Living with a stepparent or with neither biological parent more than doubles the odds of enlistment, independent of socioeconomic status, characteristics of parent-child relationships, or feelings of social isolation. Although college attendance is widely promoted as a valued post-high school activity, military service may offer a route to independence and a greater sense of belonging.
Authors:
Naomi J Spence; Kathryn A Henderson; Glen H Elder
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of family issues     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0192-513X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Fam Issues     Publication Date:  2013 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-9-3     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8005417     Medline TA:  J Fam Issues     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  1194-1216     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Lehman College, City University of New York.
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