Childbearing on Hold: the 1958 And 1970 Birth Cohorts Compared. Roona Simpson, CRFR, University of Edinburgh UPTAP Conference, Leeds March 21 st to 23 rd 2007. Completed Family Size, Selected Birth Cohorts at age 45 Source: ONS Birth Statistics, Series FM1 33.
Childbearing on Hold: the 1958 And 1970 Birth Cohorts Compared
Roona Simpson, CRFR,
University of Edinburgh
UPTAP Conference, Leeds
March 21st to 23rd 2007
Considerable changes in patterns of family formation in recent decades include dramatic changes in partnership as well as parenthood. The proportion of men who remain never-married in their early thirties increased from a fifth (21%) of those born in 1958 to 57% born in 1970. The respective figures for women were 14% to 44%.
While increased cohabitation accounts for some of this decline, other analyses of the cohort studies demonstrates there is also a rise in relationship dissolution; twice as many men and women born in 1970 have been in at least one previous relationship (Ferri et al, 2003).