the influence of ideational factors for male fertility behaviour
Low fertility is a concern but mainly investigated from the perspective of women. This chapter aims at understanding how ideational factors affect male fertility. Using European Social Survey data, the chapter analyses how attitudes and norms relate to male fertility in regards occurrence, timing, and number of children. Findings indicate that ideational factors contribute significantly to understand the framing of fatherhood. It seems in particular that more relaxed attitudes to the proper age of fathering, importance of fatherhood and voluntary childlessness - as is particularly widespread in the Nordic countries - are associated with actual childlessness and having fewer children.
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