Mexican American fertility: A cause for concern

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Dr. Reanne Frank,  Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Rank at time of award: Associate Professor
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Dr. Kristi Williams, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Rank at time of award: Associate Professor
 
Dr. Krisit Williams, Associate Professor, Department of Socilogyand
 

Abstract

US births are now disproportionately Hispanic (one quarter of the nation’s births in 2008) and 16% are to Mexican-American mothers alone (who only make up 10% of the total U.S. population) (Martin et al. 2010). In fact, births have recently overtaken migration as the main source of population growth among the Mexican-Origin population, accounting for 63 percent of the 11.2 million increase over the last decade (2000-2010) (Pew Hispanic Center 2011). In this proposal we examine patterns of two fertility behaviors frequently overshadowed by the high number of Mexican-Origin births, namely the timing and marital context of fertility. This work is significant because of the critical role that current Mexican-Origin fertility will play in shaping the demographic landscape of the United States for years to come.