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Young women's dynamic family size preferences in the context of transitioning fertility.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23619999     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Dynamic theories of family size preferences posit that they are not a fixed and stable goal but rather are akin to a moving target that changes within individuals over time. Nonetheless, in high-fertility contexts, changes in family size preferences tend to be attributed to low construct validity and measurement error instead of genuine revisions in preferences. To address the appropriateness of this incongruity, the present study examines evidence for the sequential model of fertility among a sample of young Malawian women living in a context of transitioning fertility. Using eight waves of closely spaced data and fixed-effects models, we find that these women frequently change their reported family size preferences and that these changes are often associated with changes in their relationship and reproductive circumstances. The predictability of change gives credence to the argument that ideal family size is a meaningful construct, even in this higher-fertility setting. Changes are not equally predictable across all women, however, and gamma regression results demonstrate that women for whom reproduction is a more distant goal change their fertility preferences in less-predictable ways.
Authors:
Sara Yeatman; Christie Sennott; Steven Culpepper
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Demography     Volume:  50     ISSN:  0070-3370     ISO Abbreviation:  Demography     Publication Date:  2013 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-09-27     Completed Date:  2013-12-03     Revised Date:  2014-04-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0226703     Medline TA:  Demography     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1715-37     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Age Factors
Consumer Satisfaction / statistics & numerical data*
Family Characteristics*
Female
Humans
Malawi
Parturition
Regression Analysis
Reproductive Behavior / statistics & numerical data*
Socioeconomic Factors
Young Adult
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
R01 HD058366/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R01 HD058366/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R01 HD077873/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R03 HD067099/HD/NICHD NIH HHS

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