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Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare statesComparing care policies and practice$
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Guðný Björk Eydal and Tine Rostgaard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310471

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310471.001.0001

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the influence of ideational factors for male fertility behaviour

(p.23) Two Fathering
Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare states

Tine Rostgaard

Rasmus Juul Møberg

Policy Press

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.

Keywords:   male fertility, regimes, postponement theory, ideational factors

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