Multigenerational transmission of family size in contemporary Sweden
2014 (English)In: Population Studies, ISSN 0032-4728, E-ISSN 1477-4747, Vol. 68, no 1, 111-129 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The study of the intergenerational transmission of fertility has a long history in demography, but until now research has focused primarily on parents' influence on their children's fertility patterns and has largely overlooked the possible influence of other kin. This study examines the transmission of fertility patterns from parents, grandparents, uncles, and aunts, using event history models to determine the risk of first, second, and third births. Swedish register data are used to study the 1970-82 birth cohorts. The findings indicate strong associations between the fertility of index persons and that of their parents, and also independent associations between the completed fertility of index persons and that of their grandparents and parents' siblings. The results suggest that, when examining background effects in fertility research, it is relevant to take a multigenerational perspective and to consider the characteristics of extended kin.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 68, no 1, 111-129 p.
intergenerational transmission, multigenerational demography, kinship, fertility, grandparents, Sweden
Research subject Sociological Demography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-105949DOI: 10.1080/00324728.2013.819112ISI: 000337087300007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-105949DiVA: diva2:733150