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Women's Role Orientations and Expected Fertility: Evidence from the Detroit Area, 1978

Archived Abstract of Former PSC Researcher

De Vos, S. "Women's Role Orientations and Expected Fertility: Evidence from the Detroit Area, 1978." Social Biology, 27(Summer1980): 130-37.

The paper investigates whether there is empirical evidence to support the hypothesis that women's attitudes toward traditionally female family roles affect their expected fertility net of the much-discussed link between women's employment and fertility. Along with several sociodemographic variables, the study uses a nonwork related attitude variable comprised of a motherhood role attitude measure and a housekeeping attitude measure. The study uses a probability sample of white, fecund, once-married women under 35 living with their husbands in the Detroit Metropolitan Area in 1978. Findings suggest that nonwork related attitudes have a significant effect on fertility expectations net of labor force participation. They also suggest that general fertility surveys could benefit from including questions on nonwork related role orientations.

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