KNAW Repository

Childlessness and parenthood in two centuries: different roads - different maps?

Dykstra, P.A. and Hagestad, G.O. (2007) Childlessness and parenthood in two centuries: different roads - different maps? Journal of Family Issues, 28, 1518-1532. ISSN 0192-513X.

[img]PDF
Restricted to KNAW only

109Kb

Official URL: http://depot.knaw.nl/3946

Abstract

The article focuses on findings that were replicated across several countries and considers their relevance for future older adults. Key findings are that (a) childlessness makes more of a difference in men’s than in women’s lives, (b) never-married women are a childless category with particularly favorable characteristics, and (c) childless people face support deficits only toward the end of life. In future cohorts, the authors expect to see (a) clearer contrasts between childless men and fathers, given indications that men are being more strongly selected into parenthood; (b) diminished differences between childless women and mothers, given the improved conditions for combining work and care; (c) fewer differences in reliance on formal support between older people with and without children, given the increased levels of education and material resources; and (d) that involuntary childlessness will be all the more distressing, given that a chosen life path has been blocked.

Item Type:Article
Institutes:Ned. Interdisc. Demografisch Instituut (NIDI)
ID Code:3946
Deposited On:03 Mar 2008 01:00
Last Modified:24 Apr 2012 16:49

Repository Staff Only: item control page