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Polarized adult fertility patterns following early parental death.

Authors
  • Beaujouan, Éva1
  • Solaz, Anne2
  • 1 Wittgenstein Centre (IIASA, OeAW, University of Vienna).
  • 2 INED.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Population studies
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2023
Volume
77
Issue
2
Pages
217–239
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/00324728.2022.2069848
PMID: 35818883
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Death of a parent during childhood has become rare in developed countries but remains an important life course event that may have consequences for family formation. This paper describes the link between parental death before age 18 and fertility outcomes in adulthood. Using the large national 2011 French Family Survey (INSEE-INED), we focus on the 1946-66 birth cohorts, for whom we observe entire fertility histories. The sample includes 11,854 respondents who have lost at least one parent before age 18. We find a strong polarization of fertility behaviours among orphaned males, more pronounced for those coming from a disadvantaged background. More often childless, particularly when parental death occurred in adolescence, some seem to retreat from parenthood. But orphaned men and women who do become parents seem to embrace family life, by beginning childbearing earlier and having more children, especially when the deceased parent is of the same sex.

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