Does Parental Death Affect Fertility? A Register-Based Study of the Effect of Parental Death on Adult Children's Childbearing Behavior in Sweden
2016 (English)Report (Other academic)
Even though fertility and mortality are two of demography’s most researched topics, no prior study has examined at the micro level whether parental death influencesadult children’s fertility. Macro-level studies have shown that rapid increases in mortality can affect fertility rates. Parental death has also been linked to negative psychological and physical outcomes, reduced relationship quality, and making a bereaved child attach more importance to his/her family. This study applies event history techniques to Swedish multi-generation registers containing 1.5 million individuals with to micro data on mortality and fertility to investigate short-term (first birth risk) and long-term (childlessness at age 45) effects of parental death on adult children's fertility. The principal finding is that parental death during reproductive age affects children’s fertility and this effect is mainly short-term. The effects differ to some degree between men and women and depend on when in the life course the bereavement happens.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Sociology, Stockholm University , 2016. , 30 p.
Stockholm Research Reports in Demography, ISSN 0281-8728 ; 2016:01
Fertility, Mortality, Intergenerational influences, Parental death, Timing of first birth, Event history analysis, Life course theory, Linked lives
Research subject Sociological Demography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125944OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-125944DiVA: diva2:896143
FunderSwedish Research Council, 2010-0831Swedish Research Council, 340-2013-5164Swedish Research Council, 349-2007-8701