Home > Publications . Search All . Browse All . Country . Browse PSC Pubs . PSC Report Series

PSC In The News

RSS Feed icon

Levy says ACA has helped increase rates of insured, but rates still lowest among poor

Bruch reveals key decision criteria in making first cuts on dating sites

Murphy on extending health support via a smart phone and JITAI

More News

Highlights

U-M ranked #4 in USN&WR's top public universities

Frey's new report explores how the changing US electorate could shape the next 5 presidential elections, 2016 to 2032

U-M's Data Science Initiative offers expanded consulting services via CSCAR

Elizabeth Bruch promoted to Associate Professor

Next Brown Bag

Mon, Sept 19 at noon:
Paradox of Unintended Pregnancy, Jennifer Barber

Does MPF Put Women at Risk? Theories of Multipartnered Fertility and Health

Archived Abstract of Former PSC Researcher

Download PDF versionDorius, Cassandra. 2012. "Does MPF Put Women at Risk? Theories of Multipartnered Fertility and Health." PSC Research Report No. 12-770. August 2012.

Though having children with more than one person (a.k.a. multipartnered fertility or "MPF") has been depicted as a social problem with many negative correlates, research has not clearly demonstrated whether multipartnered fertility has direct effects on well-being or if these negative outcomes result from selection into this family form. I address this puzzle by proposing a thought experiment which holds constant selection effects and other confounders while assessing three theoretical mechanisms by which MPF could negatively influence the health of women, including: Boundary Ambiguity, Social Stress, and Social Support. Assessment of the theories suggest that even if women had identical socioeconomic histories prior to childbearing and the same number of partners and children throughout the life course, women with multipartnered fertility remain at greater risk for mental and physical health problems over time compared to their single partner fertility counterparts. Implications for future work are discussed.

Country of focus: United States of America.

Browse | Search : All Pubs | Next