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Yearning, Learning, and Conceding: Reasons Men and Women Change Their Childbearing Intentions

Iacovou, Maria and Tavares, Lara Patrício (2011) 'Yearning, Learning, and Conceding: Reasons Men and Women Change Their Childbearing Intentions.' Population and Development Review, 37 (1). pp. 89-123. ISSN 0098-7921

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Abstract

People's childbearing intentions change over the course of their reproductive lives. these changes have been conceptualized as occurring in response to the realization that an individual is unlikely to achieve his or her intended fertility, because of constraints such as the “biological clock” or lack of a partner. in this article we fnd that changes to child-bearing plans are infuenced by a much wider range of factors than this. People change their plans in response to the wishes of their partners, in response to social norms, as the result of repartnering, and as the result of learning about the costs and benefts of parenthood; there are also differences between the factors that infuence men's and women's decisionmaking. in a departure from existing studies in this area, we use a fexible analytical framework that enables us to analyze increases in planned fertility separately from decreases. this allows us to uncover several complexities of the decisionmaking process that would otherwise be hidden, and leads us to conclude that the determinants of increases in planned fertility are not simply equal and opposite to the determinants of decreases.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2013 15:28
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2013 15:32
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7144

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