Religious Roots and Consequences of Women's Work-Family Configurations in Adulthood Public Deposited

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  • Chipman, Claire
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology
  • This project contributes a more comprehensive understanding of the reciprocal relationships between religion, work, and family. Using NLSY79 data, I uncover six work-family configurations for American women using LCA; timing of family experiences and education are key in differentiating these configurations. I integrate these configurations into a model of religious involvement, using adolescent religiosity to predict work-family configurations and then predicting service attendance in adulthood with the configurations. I find strong evidence for the link between religious involvement and childbearing: religious adolescents are more likely to have children, and all classes except for the women without children and those with the highest probability of cohabiting are more likely to attend in later adulthood. This project demonstrates the importance of considering religion when studying work and family pathways, as well as the value of using configurations over individual measures of work and family when measuring religious involvement across the life course.
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  • Pearce, Lisa D.
  • Weisshaar, Kate
  • Mouw, Ted
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2017

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