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The non-modern child? Ambivalence about parenthood among young adults
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2013 (English)In: The Social Meaning of Children and Fertility Change in Europe / [ed] Anne Lise Ellingssaeter, An-Magritt Jensen and Merete Lie, London: Routledge, 2013Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the present study, we investigate the meanings that having a child connotes for young adults in Sweden. In a rare research design, we draw on both survey data and focus group interviews. We investigate and discuss the ambivalence found in the data by asking the following questions: How do men and women answer survey questions about the positive and negative implications having a child may have on their life? How do men and women in focus group interviews reason about the implications that a child may have on their life? Both sorts of data provide evidence that young adults in Sweden are concerned about restrictions in their personal freedomas an expected negative consequence of becoming parents. Men seem more worried about restricted personal freedom than are young women, and this is the main reason behind their feeling ambivalent. The overwhelming majority regard becoming a parent as a natural step to take and that the child adds meaning to life.

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London: Routledge, 2013.
, Routledge/European Sociological Association studies in European societies, 17
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-110157ISBN: 9780415810913OAI: diva2:769590
Available from: 2014-12-08 Created: 2014-12-08 Last updated: 2014-12-08Bibliographically approved

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