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Adv Life Course Res. 2015 Jun;24:34-46. doi: 10.1016/j.alcr.2015.02.001. Epub 2015 Feb 16.

Realization of fertility intentions by different time frames.

Author information

1
Research Department, Statistics Norway, PB 8131 Dep., 0033 Oslo, Norway. Electronic address: Lars.Dommermuth@ssb.no.
2
Murdoch University, PO Box 1164, Nedlands 6909, Western Australia, Australia. Electronic address: jane.klobas@iinet.net.au.
3
Research Department, Statistics Norway, PB 8131 Dep., 0033 Oslo, Norway. Electronic address: Trude.Lappegard@ssb.no.

Abstract

This paper focuses on the realization of positive fertility intentions with different time frames. The analyses are based on a unique combination of survey data and information from Norwegian administrative registers on childbearing in the years following the complete selected sample. Guided by the theoretical and empirical framework of the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB), the results suggest that a fertility intention's time frame is relevant for childbearing behaviour, but the patterns are somewhat different for respondents who were childless at the time of the interview compared to those who already had children. Overall, childless were less likely to realize their fertility intentions than parents. Following the TPB, childless may underestimate the difficulty of acting on their intentions and therefore have more difficulty realizing their intentions, versus parents who take into account their ability to manage another child. The results also show that childless with an immediate fertility intention are more likely to succeed than those with a longer-term intention. Likewise, parents with an immediate fertility intention are more likely to realize their intention during the two first years after the interview, but after four years the childbearing rate was higher among those with longer-term fertility intentions.

KEYWORDS:

GGS; Norway; Realization of fertility intentions; Register data; Theory of Planned Behavior; Time frame of fertility intentions

PMID:
26047988
DOI:
10.1016/j.alcr.2015.02.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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