Publication: Family Attitudes and Fertility Timing in Sweden

Title: Family Attitudes and Fertility Timing in Sweden
Authors: Jennifer A. Holland and Renske Keizer
Journal: European Journal of Population/Revue Européenne de Démographie, 31(3): 259-85, DOI 10.1007/s10680-014-9333-x
Abstract: Employing a novel latent attitude profile approach, as developed by Moors (2008), within the Theory of Planned Behavior, this paper models the association between attitudes and the transition to parenthood. We use survey data from the Swedish Young Adult Panel Study (YAPS) and linked prospective population register data (1999 – 2009) to investigate the family attitudes and fertility timing of a sample of three birth cohorts in Sweden, a country at the leading edge of family change in Europe. We generate latent attitude profiles of men and women based on attitudes related to the Value of Children, the Second Demographic Transition, and Competing Alternatives. We then show that compared to Children- and Partnership-Oriented individuals, the Partnership-Oriented and Non-Family-Oriented were less likely to transition to parenthood. We found greater diversity in fertility behavior by latent attitude profiles than previous work, suggesting that more attention should be given to the role of attitude profiles in determining modern-day fertility intentions and behavior.

Changing families and fertility choices (pdf), Statistics Norway and the Research Council of Norway

Support for this work comes from the European Research Council Starting Grant project “Families of migrant origin—a life course perspective” (project no. 263829) & a Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research Veni grant (grant number 016.125.054).


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