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De-standardization of family-life trajectories of young adults: a cross-national comparison using sequence analysis

Elzinga, C. and Liefbroer, A.C. (2007) De-standardization of family-life trajectories of young adults: a cross-national comparison using sequence analysis. European Journal of Population - Revue Européenne de Population, 23, 225-250. ISSN 0168-6577.

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Abstract

We introduce a number of new methods based on sequence analysis to test hypotheses on the de-standardization of family-life trajectories in early adulthood, using Fertility and Family Survey data on 19 countries. Across cohorts, family-life trajectories of young adults have not become more turbulent. However, in most countries family-life trajectories of young adults have become less similar to one another and the variation in the types of family-trajectories has increased. Contrary to expectations, no clear differences in de-standardization were observed between countries characterized by a social-democratic welfare-state regime and countries characterized by either liberal or conservative welfare-state regimes. Keywords: Young adulthood Family-life trajectories De-standardization Cross-national comparison Sequence analysis

Item Type:Article
Institutes:Ned. Interdisc. Demografisch Instituut (NIDI)
ID Code:3958
Deposited On:03 Mar 2008 01:00
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