By Sylvia Keim
How do teens choose to turn into mom and dad or to stay childless? is that this somebody selection, a couple’s selection or are there different social impacts concerned, resembling social networks? utilizing a mixed-methods layout, Sylvia Keim combines problem-centred interviews and community info gathered between teens in western Germany. the writer exhibits that non-public kinfolk strongly impact the perceptions, attitudes, and plans members convey touching on parenthood. She identifies easy mechanisms and channels of social impression in addition to proper community structures.
This ebook is effective studying for teachers, scholars, and coverage makers drawn to kinfolk examine, the community point of view, and mixed-methods research.
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We therefore need to explore the meaning individuals assign to support in childcare, and the access they have to this form of support. The question of the role of social support shows how little we know about social interactions and fertility in Western contexts. Apart from Bernardi’s study on Italy, little is known about the mechanisms of social influence on the micro level. , Montgomery & Casterline, 1993). The hypotheses concerning the underlying mechanisms of social influence are often rather simplistic (Montgomery & Casterline, 1996; Chattoe, 2003).
The following section gives an overview on family formation in Germany, highlighting the differences between eastern and western Germany, and thereby setting the thematic stage for this study. 1 Fertility and Family Formation: the Situation in Germany In both parts of Germany, the Total Fertility Rate (TFR) started to decline in the mid-1960s. 4 has been established in western Germany (“Westdeutschland”) since the mid-1970s, eastern Germany (“Ostdeutschland”) has experienced more changes (see Figure 3).
The extent to which the “normal” model of family has lost its orienting function is highly disputed. Some researchers stress the continuities arguing that despite all changes still most persons want to become parents in their lives and most children grow up in a family with two (married) parents. Others emphasize that having children is no longer self-evident, that the transition to parenthood is no longer a “natural” status passage in the life course, but a choice individuals (resp. couples) can take or not.
Social Networks and Family Formation Processes: Young Adults’ Decision Making About Parenthood by Sylvia Keim