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Pathways to stepfamily formation in Europe

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  • Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz

    (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research)

  • Andres Vikat

    (UN Economic Commission for Europe)

  • Dimiter Philipov

    (Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences)

  • Henriette Engelhardt

    (Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg)

Abstract

Increasing proportions of couples are making childbearing decisions in stepfamilies but there has been no general comparative picture across European countries on stepfamily formation. The present paper aims to fill this gap and provides a comparison of European countries using macro-level indicators that describe union formation and dissolution and childbearing. We use the individual-level data files (standard recode files) of Fertility and Family Surveys from 19 European countries. Our results highlight the different pathways to a stepfamily in Europe, and show that in most European countries a considerable proportion of women form a stepfamily in childbearing ages, which needs to be considered in studies of fertility.

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Article provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its journal Demographic Research.

Volume (Year): 8 (2003)
Issue (Month): 5 (March)
Pages: 107-150

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Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:8:y:2003:i:5

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Keywords: childbearing histories; Europe; FFS; macro-level indicators; pre-union children; stepfamily; union histories;

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  1. Tomas Sobotka & Laurent Toulemon, 2008. "Overview Chapter 4: Changing family and partnership behaviour," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 19(6), pages 85-138, July.
  2. FFF1Gerda NNN1Neyer & FFF2Gunnar NNN2Andersson, 2004. "Contemporary Research on European Fertility: Introduction," Demographic Research Special Collections, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 3(1), pages 1-14, April.
  3. Andres Vikat & Zsolt Spéder & Gijs Beets & Francesco Billari & Christoph Bühler & Aline Desesquelles & Tineke Fokkema & Jan M. Hoem & Alphonse MacDonald & Gerda Neyer & Ariane Pailhé & Antonella Pi, 2007. "Generations and Gender Survey (GGS)," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 17(14), pages 389-440, November.
  4. Alexia Prskawetz & Tomas Sobotka & Isabella Buber-Ennser & Henriette Engelhardt & Richard Gisser, 2008. "Austria: Persistent low fertility since the mid-1980s," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 19(12), pages 293-360, July.

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