Period parity progression ratios and birth intervals in England and Wales, 1941-1971: a synthetic life table analysis


Ní Bhrolcháin, Máire (1987) Period parity progression ratios and birth intervals in England and Wales, 1941-1971: a synthetic life table analysis. Population Studies, 41, (1), 103-125. (doi:10.1080/0032472031000142556).

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A method is presented for analysing maternity history data to provide period estimates of parity progression ratios, birth intervals and related indices. This is applied to a sample of the marriage and maternity histories from the Census of England and Wales of 1971 and shows: (a) a general increase through the 1950s and into the 1960s in period estimates of marriage and parity progression ratios, especially in the progression from first to second birth; (b) a general acceleration of fertility with, again, the second birth interval becoming particularly short and compact; and (c) very steep declines in third and fourth birth progression ratios from the mid-1960s. Birth interval distributions altered during the period examined. Decomposition of a progression-based total fertility index shows change in the ratios for lower birth orders to have dominated the fertility upswing and declines in ratios for higher birth orders to have initiated the subsequent decline.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0032-4728 (print)
1477-4747 (electronic)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Social Statistics
ePrint ID: 34345
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:21
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/34345

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