Publication


Zuzanna Brzozowska, Isabella Buber-Ennser, Michaela Potančoková and Bernhard Riederer
Didn’t Plan One but Got One: Unintended Births among Men and Women in Six European Countries
Vienna Institute of Demography Working Papers, 2018
URL, JabRef BibTex, Abstract
This article examines the characteristics of women and men who got a child despite declaring no such wish up to three years before the pregnancy. We compare these unintended or sooner-than-intended parents with those who got a child as intended and those who, in line with their intentions, did not increase their family size. Using the first and second wave of the Generations and Gender Survey for six low-fertility countries (Austria, Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Italy and Poland) we conduct bivariate analysis and (multinomial) logit models. Our results show that not realising negative fertility intentions is linked more to a particular stage in one’s life course and finding a new partner than to a disadvantaged socio-economic status. Thus, most of the unintended or sooner-than-intended births are probably neither unintended nor sooner-than-intended, but are a result of change in one’s life circumstances between the time of measuring the fertility intentions and their realisation.

Reference


@article{Brzozowska2018a,
  author = {Zuzanna Brzozowska, Isabella Buber-Ennser, Michaela Potančoková and Bernhard Riederer},
  title = {Didn’t Plan One but Got One: Unintended Births among Men and Women in Six European Countries},
  year = {2018},
  journal = {Vienna Institute of Demography Working Papers},
  month = {May},
  url = {https://www.oeaw.ac.at/fileadmin/subsites/Institute/VID/PDF/Publications/Working_Papers/WP2018_05.pdf},
  timestamp = {12.03.2020},
  howpublished = {VID Working Paper 05/2018},
  abstract = {This article examines the characteristics of women and men who got a child despite declaring no such wish up to three years before the pregnancy. We compare these unintended or sooner-than-intended parents with those who got a child as intended and those who, in line with their intentions, did not increase their family size. Using the first and second wave of the Generations and Gender Survey for six low-fertility countries (Austria, Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Italy and Poland) we conduct bivariate analysis and (multinomial) logit models. Our results show that not realising negative fertility intentions is linked more to a particular stage in one’s life course and finding a new partner than to a disadvantaged socio-economic status. Thus, most of the unintended or sooner-than-intended births are probably neither unintended nor sooner-than-intended, but are a result of change in one’s life circumstances between the time of measuring the fertility intentions and their realisation.}
}
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