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Family Size Preferences
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA.
2015 (English)In: International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, Volume 8 / [ed] James D. Wright, Elsevier, 2015, 2, p. 805-808Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Family size preferences may be represented by family size desires, intentions, expectations, and ideals. Desired family size is the number of children wanted in one's lifetime and is viewed as a measure of the demand for children which, in combination with the supply of children and contraception determines the number of children born. Family size desires are conceptually and empirically distinct from family size intentions, expectations, and ideals. Desires, intentions, and expectations are often uncertain and change over the life course in response to new experiences and conditions. Ideals are shaped by the larger society and therefore change more slowly. Because childbearing is a two-person event, desires and intentions of sexual partners must be considered. As predictors of aggregate or individual fertility, family size desires must be adjusted to take into account partners' desires and changes over the life course, as well as fecundity, fertility control, and other constraints on individual behavior or outcomes.

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Elsevier, 2015, 2. p. 805-808
Keywords [en]
Children, Demography, Desired family size, Expected family size, Family, Fertility, Gender, Ideal family size, Intended family size, Measurement, Parity, Sex composition
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Sociological Demography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-165558DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.31064-9ISBN: 978-0-08-097087-5 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-165558DiVA, id: diva2:1284514
Available from: 2019-01-31 Created: 2019-01-31 Last updated: 2019-03-26Bibliographically approved

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