Fertility Intentions and Their Realization in Couples: How the Division of Household Chores Matters

Riederer, Bernhard ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2797-414X and Buber-Ennser, Isabella and Brzozowska, Zuzanna ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0235-991X (2019) Fertility Intentions and Their Realization in Couples: How the Division of Household Chores Matters. Journal of Family Issues, 40 (13). pp. 1860-1882. ISSN 1860-1882

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Most research on Europe indicates that a gender-balanced division of family work tends to increase childbearing probabilities, but empirical results vary substantially. The present article proposes explanations for this observed discrepancy. It develops prior research further by (1) studying short-term fertility intentions and their realization within the subsequent 4 years, (2) analyzing the role of the spouses' satisfaction with the division for the effects that the division may have on childbearing, (3) proving a mediation by relationship satisfaction, and (4) considering gender as well as parity as moderators. Using data from two waves of the Generations and Gender Survey, we show that the division of work affects childbearing intentions. We find that the effect (a) depends on the spouses' satisfaction with the division, (b) is partly moderated by relationship satisfaction, and (c) varies by parity. The division of household labor, however, seems of less importance for the realization of childbearing intentions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This research was supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) (Grant No. FWF28071). Supplemental material for this article is available online.
Keywords: fertility intentions, division of household labor, realization of intentions, family work, Generations and Gender Survey
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Sozialpolitik > Demographie > Wittgenstein Centre
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2019 11:11
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2019 11:11
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/93482/
URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/7376


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