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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.

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Childbearing on hold the 1958 and 1970 birth cohorts compared

Childbearing on Hold: the 1958 And 1970 Birth Cohorts Compared

Roona Simpson, CRFR,

University of Edinburgh

UPTAP Conference, Leeds

March 21st to 23rd 2007


Completed family size selected birth cohorts at age 45 source ons birth statistics series fm1 33

Completed Family Size, Selected Birth Cohortsat age 45 Source: ONS Birth Statistics, Series FM1 33


Childlessness at 29 by cohort and sex

Childlessness at 29, by Cohort and Sex (%)


Childlessness at 29 by social class background

Childlessness at 29, by Social Class Background (%)


Childlessness by educational attainment early thirties

Childlessness by Educational Attainment, Early Thirties (%)


Current economic activity by parental status

Current Economic Activityby Parental Status

  • Significant differences amongst women by parental status: the vast majority of childless women born in 1958 were in full-time employment, 82% compared to 22% of mothers. The picture for men was very different however, with a slightly higher proportion of fathers (90% compared with 88%) working full-time. Thus, men are overwhelmingly in full-time employment, regardless of parental status.

  • Looking at the 1970 cohort indicates very little change over time (80% of childless women worked full-time compared with 22% of mothers). The figures for men had also not changed, with 88% of fathers and childless men working full-time.

  • Childless women from both cohorts are less likely than fathers of the same age to be working full-time, and more likely to be categorised as either working part-time or looking after home and family (over 12%) than fathers (less than 3% in both cohorts).


Childlessness by partnership status

Childlessness by Partnership Status

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).


Childlessness by partnership status amongst women

Childlessness by Partnership Status amongst Women

1958 Cohort

1970 Cohort


Childlessness by partnership status amongst men

Childlessness by Partnership Status amongst Men

1958 Cohort

1970 Cohort


References

References

  • Berrington, A. (2003) Change and Continuity in Family Formation among Young Adults in Britain, SSRC Working Paper A03/04, University of Southampton.

  • Ferri, E. , Bynner, J. and Wadsworth, M. (eds.) (2003) Changing Britain, Changing Lives: Three Generations At The Turn Of The Century, London : Institute of Education, University of London

  • Makepeace, G. Dolton, P., Woods, L., Joshi, H, and Galinda-Rueda, F. (2003) ‘From School to the Labour Market’ , in Ferri, E., Bynner, J. and Wadsworth, M. (eds.) Changing Britain, Changing Live, London: Institute of Education


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