James Raymo, Miho Iwasawa (2009.8) Bridal Pregnancy and Subsequent Marital Quality in Japan. American Sociological Association (Annual meeting at San Francisco).
- James Raymo, Miho Iwasawa
- Bridal Pregnancy and Subsequent Marital Quality in Japan
- American Sociological Association (Annual meeting at San Francisco)
- The goal of this paper is to examine relationships between bridal pregnancy (“shotgun marriage”) and subsequent marital quality in Japan. Using nationally representative survey data, we compare men and women who did and did not marry subsequent to pregnancy on several dimensions of marital quality. We pay particular attention to the ways in which relationships between bridal pregnancy and marital quality are mediated by characteristics associated with the likelihood of bridal pregnancy (e.g., young age at marriage) and established correlates of marital quality (e.g., income). Preliminary results indicate that marital quality is lower for those who married subsequent to marriage and that the degree of mediation differs by gender. For women, the negative relationship between bridal pregnancy and subsequent marital quality remains significant after controlling for a wide range of posited mediators. For men, there is some evidence that the relationship between bridal pregnancy and lower marital quality is partially mediated by relatively low earnings among men who married in response to pregnancy.
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