Stepfamily couples in Spain: An emerging phenomenon with heterogeneous profiles

Marc Ajenjo-Cosp, Núria García-Saladrigas

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Abstract

This paper examines the demographic profile of couples in reconstituted nuclei with at least one child under 18 in Spain. In the last decade there has been an increase in these nuclei that is largely explained by the presence of couples of immigrant and mixed immigrant-Spanish origin. In addition to national origin, three other characteristics of these couples stand out: high rates of cohabitation, age difference between members of the couple and economic precariousness. However, our analysis reveals large heterogeneity in their profiles, mainly differentiated by the presence or absence of shared children as well as the sex and nationality of the parent who brings children into the relationship. We also find that the most important determinant in the decision to have a child in common in a reconstituted relationship is the number of non-common children, being much less important which parent brought them into the reconstituted family.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-20
JournalRevista Espanola de Investigaciones Sociologicas
Volume155
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016

Keywords

  • Children
  • Cohabitation
  • Divorce
  • Family
  • Family structure
  • Homogamy

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