Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Multigenerational transmission of family size in contemporary Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Demografiska enheten (SUDA))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7175-4040
2014 (English)In: Population Studies, ISSN 0032-4728, E-ISSN 1477-4747, Vol. 68, no 1, 111-129 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.
Keyword [en]
intergenerational transmission, multigenerational demography, kinship, fertility, grandparents, Sweden
National Category
Research subject
Sociological Demography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-105949DOI: 10.1080/00324728.2013.819112ISI: 000337087300007OAI: diva2:733150


Available from: 2014-07-08 Created: 2014-07-08 Last updated: 2014-09-03Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Multigenerational Processes in Demography
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Multigenerational Processes in Demography
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Contemporary social science research has often focused on nuclear family relationships, and has largely neglected kinship and family outside the nuclear household. In this doctoral thesis I explore demographic issues from a multigenerational perspective, using Swedish register data and mathematical modeling. In different chapters I examine intergenerational transmission of fertility—the relationship between the number of siblings and other kin, and the fertility of an individual. The thesis demonstrates the possibilities for empirical research on family and kinship based on Swedish register data. Unique linkage opportunities across three and four generations are applied to previously unexplored research questions. The studies in the thesis demonstrate the importance of kin outside the household, such as grandparents, aunts/uncles, and cousins, for fertility and family dynamics.

Abstract [sv]

Samhällsvetenskaplig forskning har i hög grad varit fokuserad på kärnfamiljer, och i lägre grad undersökt släktskap utanför hushållet. Den här avhandlingen undersöker demografiska frågor utifrån ett flergenerationsperspektiv med hjälp av svenska registerdata och matematisk modellering. I de olika studierna undersöker jag den sociala överföringen av barnafödande mellan fler generationer—sambanden mellan antalet syskon och andra familjemedlemmar, och en persons barnafödande. Avhandlingen demonstrerar hur svenska registerdata möjliggör empirisk forskning om familj och släktskap. De unika kopplingsmöjligheterna över tre till fyra generationer appliceras på tidigare outforskade forskningsfrågor. Avhandlingen visar vikten av släktskap utanför kärnfamiljen, så som far/mor-föräldrar samt kusiner, för familjedemografiska processer.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Sociology, Stockholm University, 2014. 64 p.
Dissertation series / Stockholm University Demography Unit, ISSN 1404-2304 ; 12
demography, kinship, intergenerational transmission, multigenerational demography, fertility, grandparents, Sweden, distance, cultural evolution
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociological Demography
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-106987 (URN)978-91-7447-976-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-10-04, A2, Universitetsvägen 10 A, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
Swedish Research Council, 340-2013-5164
Available from: 2014-09-11 Created: 2014-09-01 Last updated: 2014-09-15Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Kolk, Martin
By organisation
Department of Sociology
In the same journal
Population Studies

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 1045 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link