Publication


Dimiter Philipov, Maria Rita Testa and Ina Jaschinski
Intentions in the life course
Families and Societies Working Paper Series, 2016
URL, JabRef BibTex, Abstract
The main purpose of this working paper is to describe a potential sub-field of research within the scope of life course studies. This sub-field is defined with intentions for performing life course events. The paper describes a diversity of lines of research providing empirical illustrations based on the use of survey data. A restricted set of events and intentions are considered within the life trajectory experienced by young adults, with an emphasis on the intention to have a first child. We first describe events and intentions at the macro level. The discussion continues at the micro level including applications of the theory of planned behaviour. Special attention is given to concurrent intentions, i.e. intentions stated at one and the same time. These intentions might be competing or supporting. We discuss intentions in the light of their realisation or non-realisation. Findings support the existence of links among intentions, in that some are competing and others supporting. Psychological distress is checked and its effect is found for individuals who fail to realise their plans. The results support the importance of a broad area of research that needs increased attention by researchers. It can provide valuable policy implications.

Reference


@article{Philipov2016a,
  author = {Dimiter Philipov, Maria Rita Testa and Ina Jaschinski},
  title = {Intentions in the life course},
  year = {2016},
  journal = {Families and Societies Working Paper Series},
  volume = {53},
  url = {http://www.familiesandsocieties.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/WP53PhilipovTestaJaschinski2016.pdf},
  timestamp = {16.03.2020},
  howpublished = {Working Paper No.53, FamiliesAndSocieties.},
  abstract = {The main purpose of this working paper is to describe a potential sub-field of research within the scope of life course studies. This sub-field is defined with intentions for performing life course events. The paper describes a diversity of lines of research providing empirical illustrations based on the use of survey data. A restricted set of events and intentions are considered within the life trajectory experienced by young adults, with an emphasis on the intention to have a first child.
We first describe events and intentions at the macro level. The discussion continues at the micro level including applications of the theory of planned behaviour. Special attention is given to concurrent intentions, i.e. intentions stated at one and the same time. These intentions might be competing or supporting. We discuss intentions in the light of their realisation or non-realisation. Findings support the
existence of links among intentions, in that some are competing and others supporting. Psychological distress is checked and its effect is found for individuals who fail to realise their plans. The results support the importance of a broad area of research that needs increased attention by researchers. It can provide valuable policy implications. }
}
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