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The demographic consequences of changing employment opportunities: women in the Dutch Meierij in the nineteenth century.
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PMID:  12293227     Owner:  PIP     Status:  MEDLINE    
"In the nineteenth century, the demographic development of the Meierij, a region in the south-east of the Netherlands, was different from that of the rest of modernizing northern Europe. Infant mortality remained high, while it dropped elsewhere. The article shows why the current explanation for high infant mortality, which links a sustained high infant mortality to a change in feeding habits is not valid. Increased fertility due, among other reasons, to a lower marital age offers a better explanation. Changes in economic options open to unmarried women provide the clue. With fewer premarital occupational possibilities, women would have been more inclined to marry, or there would have been less pressure on them to forestall a marriage in order to profit to the full from the occupational options. More and earlier marriages meant more children were born, and also a higher infant mortality rate."
M Schrover
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The history of the family : an international quarterly     Volume:  2     ISSN:  1081-602X     ISO Abbreviation:  Hist Fam     Publication Date:  1997  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-05-06     Completed Date:  1998-05-06     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9890099     Medline TA:  Hist Fam     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  451-80     Citation Subset:  J    
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MeSH Terms
Developed Countries
Infant Mortality*
Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
Population Dynamics
Social Sciences

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