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Why do people postpone parenthood? Reasons and social policy incentives.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Human Reproduction Update
1460-2369
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication Date
Volume
17
Issue
6
Pages
848–860
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1093/humupd/dmr026
PMID: 21652599
Source
Medline

Abstract

The postponement of first births has implications on the ability of women to conceive and parents to produce additional offspring. Massive postponement is attributed to the clash between the optimal biological period for women to have children with obtaining additional education and building a career. A growing body of literature shows that female employment and childrearing can be combined when the reduction in work-family conflict is facilitated by policy intervention.

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