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ERIC Number: ED141680
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 29
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The Decision to Parent or Not: Normative and Structural Components.
Ory, Marcia G.
The current study addresses antecedent factors associated with the decision to parent vis-a-vis the decision to not parent. Three interrelated aspects of fertility attitudes and behaviors were examined: (1) the existence of family size norms; (2) the strength of social sanctions regarding family size preferences and; (3) the influence of other socio-demographic and psychosocial factors. Findings were based on cross-sectional data obtained from semi-structured questionnaires administered to a purposive sample of 168 young middle class adults from the midwest. These adults represented two ideal type subgroups: 57 voluntary parent couples and 27 voluntary nonparent couples. Two models for explaining differential fertility outcomes in this population were proposed: (a) the normative model which explains childbearing decisions as the product of social norms and sanctions and (b) the decision-making model which explains family size outcomes as the result of situationally specific experiences. The overall conclusion of this study was that both normative and structural factors influenced fertility outcomes; however, these influences were different for each subgroup. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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