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By Sylvia Keim

How do teenagers choose to turn into mom and dad or to stay childless? is that this anyone selection, a couple’s choice or are there different social affects concerned, equivalent to social networks? utilizing a mixed-methods layout, Sylvia Keim combines problem-centred interviews and community info gathered between teenagers in western Germany. the writer indicates that private kin strongly effect the perceptions, attitudes, and plans members convey bearing on parenthood. She identifies easy mechanisms and channels of social impression in addition to proper community structures.

This booklet is effective studying for teachers, scholars, and coverage makers drawn to relations learn, the community point of view, and mixed-methods research.

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Meanwhile, life in western Germany has not changed substantially or suddenly in recent years. Thus the impact of the unification process on fertility behavior has been different in the different parts of the country. While the western German TFR remained largely undisturbed, eastern German TFR declined sharply shortly after unification. In light of these historical and ongoing differences between the two parts of Germany, I argue that, if we want to learn more about fertility and family in Germany, we must consider both parts of Germany separately, either in a comparative perspective, or by focusing on only one part.

What are the mechanisms of social influence? What persons are influential? What are the roles of selection effects and network dynamics? 2) Social Influence and Network Structure: What is the relationship between social networks, processes of social influence, and fertility intentions? 3) How does social network research advance our knowledge on modernization processes and fertility decline in Western countries? , 2008). This research project has been designed to compare social networks and fertility-related attitudes and intentions in two settings: in one city in eastern Germany (Rostock), and in one highly comparable city in western Germany (Lübeck).

5% (Marcu, 2009). In addition, so-called patchwork families have increasingly formed from divorced or separated parents, their new partners, and their children and stepchildren (Huinink & Konietzka, 2007). Like many other European countries, Germany shows a rising age at first birth, increasing rates of childlessness, and growth in new living arrangements. 1, which provides details about the sampling. The following section gives an overview on family formation in Germany, highlighting the differences between eastern and western Germany, and thereby setting the thematic stage for this study.

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