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Now or later? The theory of planned behaviour and fertility intentions

Number: 20
Year: 2009
Author(s): Lars Dommermuth, Jane Klobas, Trude Lappegård
Keywords: fertility intentions,fertility timing,theory of planned behavior,Norway
We use the theory of planned behavior to investigate the role of attitudes, norms and perceived behavioural control on short-term and long-term fertility intentions, using data from Norway (N = 1,307). There is some evidence that, net of other background variables, positive scores on these factors makes it easier to establish concrete childbearing plans, especially among parents. Subjective norms are particularly important among both parents and childless adults, while perceptions of behavioural control have no additional effect once the actual life situation is taken into account. Attitudes are not important in decisions about the timing of becoming a parent, probably because the main issue for childless adults is not the timing, but the decision to have a child or not.

Lars Dommermuth

Statistics Norway, Research Department


Jane Klobas

Universita Bocconi, Dondena Center for Research on Social Dynamics and University of Western Australia, Business School


Trude Lappegård

Statistics Norway, Research Department




Keywords: fertility intentions, fertility timing, theory of planned behavior, Norway


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