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International fertility change: new data and insights from the developmental idealism framework.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22403035     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Many scholars have offered structural and ideational explanations for the fertility changes occurring around the world. This paper focuses on the influence of developmental idealism-a schema or set of beliefs endorsing development, fertility change, and causal connections between development and fertility. Developmental idealism is argued to be an important force affecting both population policy and the fertility behavior of ordinary people. We present new survey data from ordinary people in six countries-Argentina, China, Egypt, Iran, Nepal, and the United States-about the extent to which developmental idealism is known and believed. We ask individuals if they believe that fertility and development are correlated, that development is a causal force in changing fertility levels, and that fertility declines enhance the standard of living and intergenerational relations. We also ask people about their expectations concerning future trends in fertility in their countries and whether they approve or disapprove of the trends they expect. The data show widespread linkage in the minds of ordinary people between fertility and development. Large fractions of people in these six settings believe that fertility and development are correlated, that development reduces fertility, and that declines in fertility foster development. Many also expect and endorse future declines in fertility.
Arland Thornton; Georgina Binstock; Kathryn M Yount; Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi; Dirgha Ghimire; Yu Xie
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Demography     Volume:  49     ISSN:  0070-3370     ISO Abbreviation:  Demography     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-04-09     Completed Date:  2012-07-12     Revised Date:  2014-09-22    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0226703     Medline TA:  Demography     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  677-98     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Birth Rate / ethnology,  trends*
Cross-Cultural Comparison
Developed Countries / economics,  statistics & numerical data*
Developing Countries / economics,  statistics & numerical data*
Family Planning Policy / trends
Intergenerational Relations
Population Dynamics*
Social Change*
Socioeconomic Factors
United States
Grant Support
R01 HD054847/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R01 HD054847-05/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R21 HD050259/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R21 HD050259-02/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R21-HD-050-259/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R24 HD041028/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R37 HD039425/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R37 HD039425-10/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R37-HD-039425/HD/NICHD NIH HHS

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