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Maria Rita Testa and Francesco Rampazzo
From intentions to births: Paths of realization in a multidimensional life course perspective
Vienna Yearbook of Population Research, 2018
URL, JabRef BibTex, Abstract
The adult lives of women and men are shaped by a wide range of choices and events pertaining to different life domains. In the literature, however, pregnancy intentions are typically studied in isolation from other life course intentions. We investigate the correspondence of birth intentions and outcomes in a life course cross-domain perspective that includes partnership, education, work, and housing. Using longitudinal data from the Generations and Gender Surveys, we examine the matching processes of individuals’ birth intentions with subsequent outcomes in Austria, Bulgaria, France, Hungary, and Lithuania. The results show that the intention to change residence is directly correlated with having a child among men and women living in a union, and that the intention to enter a partnership is correlated with childbearing among single men, but not among single women. Furthermore, we find that the intention to change jobs is inversely correlated with an intended childbirth, while it is directly correlated with an unintended childbirth. These findings suggest that the transition paths from birth intentions to birth outcomes should encompass a multi-dimensional life course perspective.

Reference


@article{Testa2018a,
  author = {Maria Rita Testa and Francesco Rampazzo},
  title = {From intentions to births: Paths of realization in a multidimensional life course perspective},
  year = {2018},
  journal = {Vienna Yearbook of Population Research},
  volume = {16},
  pages = {177-198},
  url = {https://www.austriaca.at/0xc1aa5576%200x003a2735.pdf},
  timestamp = {16.03.2020},
  howpublished = {Testa, M. R. and Rampazzo, F. (2018) From intentions to births: Paths of realization in a multidimensional life course perspective. Vienna Yearbook of Population Research, (Vol.16) Special issue on the variations on the themes of Wolfgang Lutz, pp. 177-19},
  abstract = {The adult lives of women and men are shaped by a wide range of choices and events pertaining to different life domains. In the literature, however, pregnancy intentions are typically studied in isolation from other life course intentions. We investigate the correspondence of birth intentions and outcomes in a life course cross-domain perspective that includes partnership, education, work, and housing. Using longitudinal data from the Generations and Gender Surveys, we examine the matching processes of individuals’ birth intentions with subsequent outcomes
in Austria, Bulgaria, France, Hungary, and Lithuania. The results show that the intention to change residence is directly correlated with having a child among men and women living in a union, and that the intention to enter a partnership is correlated with childbearing among single men, but not among single women. Furthermore, we find that the intention to change jobs is inversely correlated with an intended childbirth, while it is directly correlated with an unintended childbirth.
These findings suggest that the transition paths from birth intentions to birth outcomes should encompass a multi-dimensional life course perspective.}
}
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