By Kathryn Edin, Maria J. Kefalas, Frank Furstenberg
Millie Acevedo bore her first baby ahead of the age of sixteen and dropped out of highschool to take care of her child. Now 27, she is the single mom of 3 and is elevating her little ones in a single of Philadelphia's poorest neighborhoods. may she and her childrens be at an advantage if she had waited to have them and had married their father first? Why accomplish that many terrible American early life like Millie proceed to have young children sooner than they could have enough money to maintain them? Over a span of 5 years, sociologists Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas talked in-depth with 162 low-income unmarried mothers like Millie to benefit how they consider marriage and kin. offers i will preserve deals an intimate examine what marriage and motherhood suggest to those ladies and offers the main large on-the-ground examine so far of why they placed young ones ahead of marriage regardless of the daunting demanding situations they understand lie forward.