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Ambivalence about Children in the Family Building Process in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2014 (English)In: Finnish Yearbook of Population Research, ISSN 1796-6183, E-ISSN 1796-6191, Vol. 49, 57-71 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sweden provides strong support for childbearing and parenthood, including generously subsidizd medical, maternal, and child care, paid parental leave, and child allowances. In this context, attitudes towards parenthood are likely to have a particularly strong impact on the decision about whether and when to have children. We examine the links between first births and holding attitudes about children, not just of positive and negative attitudes, but also of ambivalence, namely those who both value children but also value the things that compete with parenthood for young adults' time and resources. Our analysis shows, measuring attitudes before the transition to parenthood, that ambivalence about childbearing delays the transition to parenthood, but not nearly as much as holding purely negative attitudes. Further, reporting an ambivalent experience from the first child had no significant effect on further childbearing, which testifies to the strong two-child norm in Sweden.

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Helsinki: Family Federation of Finland, Population Research Institute , 2014. Vol. 49, 57-71 p.
Keyword [en]
ambivalence, childbearing, parenthood attitudes
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-109601OAI: diva2:765668
Available from: 2014-11-24 Created: 2014-11-24 Last updated: 2015-02-09Bibliographically approved

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