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Demography. 2017 Apr;54(2):437-458. doi: 10.1007/s13524-017-0555-5.

Emotional Variation and Fertility Behavior.

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1
University of Michigan, 426 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48106-1248, USA. baxinn@umich.edu.
2
University of Michigan, 426 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48106-1248, USA.
3
University of Southern California, 851 Downey Way, HSH 314 (Office 309), Los Angeles, CA, 90089, USA.

Abstract

Emotional influences on fertility behaviors are an understudied topic that may offer a clear explanation of why many couples choose to have children even when childbearing is not economically rational. With setting-specific measures of the husband-wife emotional bond appropriate for large-scale population research matched with data from a long-term panel study, we have the empirical tools to provide a test of the influence of emotional factors on contraceptive use to limit fertility. This article presents those tests. We use long-term, multilevel community and family panel data to demonstrate that the variance in levels of husband-wife emotional bond is significantly associated with their subsequent use of contraception to avert births. We discuss the wide-ranging implications of this intriguing new result.

KEYWORDS:

Contraceptive use; Family change; Fertility limitation; Spousal emotions

PMID:
28181103
PMCID:
PMC5426117
DOI:
10.1007/s13524-017-0555-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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