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Partners’ relationship quality and childbearing
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2011 (English)In: Social Science Research, ISSN 0049-089X, E-ISSN 1096-0317, Vol. 40, no 2, 485-497 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examines the influence of partner relationship quality on childbearing. We are innovative in using relationship quality reports from both partners, drawing on the first and second wave of the Netherlands Kinship Panel Study. Thus, we can identify potential effects of discordant perceptions of the relationship on childbearing. We also pose a new hypothesis on the direction of the effect of relationship quality on fertility, predicting that medium levels of relationship quality result in the highest childbearing rates. Our results indicate that only women’s perceptions of relationship quality influence a first birth, whereas women’s and men’s perceptions affect second births. We do not find unique effects of disagreement in assessments of relationship quality; effects of partners’ perceptions are additive. Women reporting medium levels of relationship quality are most likely to have a(nother) child, whereas men with medium and high quality relationships are most likely to have a second child.

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2011. Vol. 40, no 2, 485-497 p.
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childbearing, relationship quality, couple
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-63289DOI: 10.10.16/j.ssresearch.2010.10.001ISI: 000287344700006OAI: diva2:448264
Available from: 2011-10-14 Created: 2011-10-14 Last updated: 2012-01-19Bibliographically approved

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