Using the Puerto Rican Maternal and Infant
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examined via probit regression. The strongest predictors of relationship status
found were interactions between bi-nary variables for the age that a respondent
first had sexual intercourse and for the age that a respondent first entered
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provide support for viewing union status as being primarily dependent on the
people involved in the union instead of being primarily dependent on factors
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