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Childbearing intentions in a low fertility context: the case of Romania

Childbearing intentions in a low fertility context: the case of Romania
Childbearing intentions in a low fertility context: the case of Romania

This paper applies the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) to find out the predictors of fertility intentions in Romania, a low-fertility country. We analyse how attitudes, subjective norms and perceived behavioural control relate to the intention to have a child among childless individuals and one-child parents. Principal axis factor analysis confirms which items proposed by the Generation and Gender Survey (GGS 2005) act as valid and reliable measures of the suggested theoretical socio-psychological factors. Four parity-specific logistic regression models are applied to evaluate the relationship between the socio-psychological factors and childbearing intentions. Social pressure emerges as the most important aspect in fertility decision-making among childless individuals and one-child parents, and positive attitudes towards childbearing are a strong component in planning for a child. This paper also underlines the importance of the region-specific factors when studying childbearing intentions: planning for the second child significantly differs among the development regions, representing the cultural and socio-economic divisions of the Romanian territory.

Developmental regions, Fertility intentions, Gender and generation survey, Romania, Theory of planned behaviour
0016-6987
1-25
Ciritel, Alexandra Andreea
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De Rose, Alessandra
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Arezzo, Maria Felice
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Ciritel, Alexandra Andreea
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De Rose, Alessandra
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Arezzo, Maria Felice
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Ciritel, Alexandra Andreea, De Rose, Alessandra and Arezzo, Maria Felice (2019) Childbearing intentions in a low fertility context: the case of Romania. Genus, 75 (1), 1-25. (doi:10.1186/s41118-018-0046-6).

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This paper applies the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) to find out the predictors of fertility intentions in Romania, a low-fertility country. We analyse how attitudes, subjective norms and perceived behavioural control relate to the intention to have a child among childless individuals and one-child parents. Principal axis factor analysis confirms which items proposed by the Generation and Gender Survey (GGS 2005) act as valid and reliable measures of the suggested theoretical socio-psychological factors. Four parity-specific logistic regression models are applied to evaluate the relationship between the socio-psychological factors and childbearing intentions. Social pressure emerges as the most important aspect in fertility decision-making among childless individuals and one-child parents, and positive attitudes towards childbearing are a strong component in planning for a child. This paper also underlines the importance of the region-specific factors when studying childbearing intentions: planning for the second child significantly differs among the development regions, representing the cultural and socio-economic divisions of the Romanian territory.

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Accepted/In Press date: 25 November 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 18 January 2019
Keywords: Developmental regions, Fertility intentions, Gender and generation survey, Romania, Theory of planned behaviour

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Local EPrints ID: 427768
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/427768
ISSN: 0016-6987
PURE UUID: cabc0f3a-96da-4838-a21f-e101b193903b

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Date deposited: 29 Jan 2019 17:30
Last modified: 15 Jul 2019 16:43

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