The study on influencing mechanism for premarital pregnancy among migrant female youth

XU Peng1 SHI Yu1

(1.School of Philosophy, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law)

【Abstract】Based on 2017 survey data of migrant population in Hubei Province, this paper tried to explore the basic characteristics and the formation mechanism of migrant female youth’s premarital pregnancy phenomenon against the background of population migration. Using a sociological perspective for reference, we put forward two social mechanisms including marriage matching and individual socialization to explain possible factors influencing the premarital pregnancy behavior among migrant female youth. Through the analysis of nested logit model, we had the following findings. The education matching and age matching in marriage could significantly predict the incidence of premarital pregnancy, which indicates that the migrant female youth’s decision-making in sex behavior is restricted by educational stratification and culture of gender role in marriage market. Meanwhile, the two pathways to socialization including education and premarital mobility have significant influences on premarital pregnancy, but premarital mobility has greater influence on women with low education level. However, for women with high education level, this influence is relatively limited. After using sheaf coefficients to compare marriage matching with latent variable of socialization, we found that the individuals’ socialization experience could influence premarital pregnancy behavior to a greater extent.

【Keywords】 migrant female youth; premarital pregnancy; marriage matching; individual socialization;


【Funds】 China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2017M622491) Youth Development and Youth Work of the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China in 2018–2019 (18TQF05)

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CN: 11-3280/C

Vol , No. 04, Pages 72-82+96

July 2019


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  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Literature review and research hypotheses
  • 3 Data, variables and analytical strategies
  • 4 Results of statistical analysis
  • 5 Research conclusions and policy suggestions
  • References