An ISU Sociologist says she’s not surprised at a recent U.S. Census Bureau report showing a rising number of unmarried women giving birth. Professor Susan Stewart says part of it has to do with the recent recession.
“It’s caused a decline in birth rates and marriage rates and divorce rates,” said Stewart. “So when times are hard economically people tend to just sort of stay at the status quo and they don’t make any changes in terms of family formation or dissolution.”
She says babies born out of wedlock are a more common occurrence often among lower income and lower educated Americans. The latest U.S. Census report finds 36 percent of all babies born in the U.S. are born to unmarried mothers. It also found that nearly half of those unmarried mothers live with the baby’s father.
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