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The puzzling rise in childbearing outside marriage

Ermisch, John (2005) 'The puzzling rise in childbearing outside marriage.' In: Heath, Anthony F and Ermisch, John and Gallie, Duncan, (eds.) Understanding Social Change. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780197263143

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This chapter analyses the rise of incidence in childbearing outside marriage. In the last quarter of the twentieth century, the percentage of births outside marriage rose from 9% in 1975 to 40% in 2000. This chapter shows that the major factor accounting for this change is the dramatic rise of cohabitation among young people. It then analyses why there has been widespread substitution of cohabiting unions for direct marriage in Britain. The chapter concludes with a discussion on the implications for changes in family life.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: childbearing; marriage; cohabitation; cohabiting unions; family life
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
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Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2014 15:35
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 15:39

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