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Social influence and the timing of parenthood
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2009 (English)In: Interpersona, ISSN 1981-6472, Vol. 3, no 1, 61-83 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is a general trend of postponing entry into parenthood in Europe, Scandinavia being no exception. Previous research has suggested a range of reasons for this pattern to emerge, but comparatively little attention has been given the possible impact of the social network on the decision to try for a child. This paper explicates ways in which young Swedish adults in focus group discussions reason about the impact of friends and family in their reproductive decision-making. The analysis is based on a discourse analytical approach and inspired by social influence theory. The result of the focus group data indicates that the desire to maintain belonging and rootedness to friends as well as to kin is influential in procreative decision-making. Friends and family are recurrently referred to in the participants’ reasoning about when parenthood is preferably entered.

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Brazilian Association for Interpersonal Relationship Research , 2009. Vol. 3, no 1, 61-83 p.
Keyword [en]
postponed parenthood; timing parenthood; social influence; social network; focus group data, Sweden
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-65801DOI: 10.5964/ijpr.v3isupp1.69OAI: diva2:399060
FAS, Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research
Available from: 2013-04-04 Created: 2011-02-21 Last updated: 2013-04-15Bibliographically approved

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