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Velikost rodiny – postoje, normy a realita

Title in English Family size – opinions, norms and reality


Year of publication 2013
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Demografie : Revue pro výzkum populačního vývoje
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Sociology, demography
Keywords reproductive behaviour; fertility ideals; normative family size; actual number of children
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Description Many studies point to the fact that realised fertility is below the level of ideal family size and below fertility intentions (e.g. Goldstein – Lutz – Testa, 2003). In this article, the authors focus on the relationship between opinions on family size, the ideal number of children, and the actual number of children, using data from a sociological study conducted on the Czech population aged 40–55. The first part of the paper deals with issue of family size from a normative point of view and presents three indicators: small, large and standard family size. It then goes on to discuss the desired number of children under ideal conditions and the actual number of children, and tackles the issue of how these two indicators are linked. It also investigates whether people have a clear idea of the number of children they want to have, whether their plans change in time, and how their plans relate to realised fertility.
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