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Childbearing trends in Sweden 1961-1997
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Demografi (SUDA).
1999 (English)In: European Journal of Population, Vol. 15, no 1, 1-24 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to update a system of annual indices of birth rates and to display trends in childbearing for Swedish women over the years since 1961. Our indices are pro¬duced by applying indirect standardization to register data. They enable us to decompose the overall fertility trends, as measured by the period TFR, into its birth-order specific components. Swedish fertility has shown strong fluctuations during our study period and these fluctuations have been particularly dramatic during recent years. A postponement of the age at first birth and a sudden shift to shorter birth intervals are important components in the fertility trends. A peak in the level of childbearing at the beginning of the present decade has now been followed by a sharp drop in the propensity to give birth. This change in behaviour pertains to women of all parities.

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1999. Vol. 15, no 1, 1-24 p.
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Sociology (excluding Social work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-22224OAI: diva2:188751
Available from: 2007-12-19 Created: 2007-12-19 Last updated: 2011-01-14Bibliographically approved

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