Volume 8 - Article 5 | Pages 107-150

Pathways to stepfamily formation in Europe: Results from the FFS

By Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz, Andres Vikat, Dimiter Philipov, Henriette Engelhardt

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Date received:08 Oct 2002
Date published:12 Mar 2003
Word count:6526
Keywords:childbearing histories, Europe, FFS, macro-level indicators, pre-union children, stepfamily, union histories
DOI:10.4054/DemRes.2003.8.5
 

Abstract

Increasing proportions of couples are making childbearing decisions in stepfamilies but there has been no general comparative picture across European countries on stepfamily formation. The present paper aims to fill this gap and provides a comparison of European countries using macro-level indicators that describe union formation and dissolution and childbearing. We use the individual-level data files (standard recode files) of Fertility and Family Surveys from 19 European countries.
Our results highlight the different pathways to a stepfamily in Europe, and show that in most European countries a considerable proportion of women form a stepfamily in childbearing ages, which needs to be considered in studies of fertility.

Author's Affiliation

Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz - Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany [Email]
Andres Vikat - UN Economic Commission for Europe, Switzerland [Email]
Dimiter Philipov - Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria [Email]
Henriette Engelhardt - Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Germany [Email]

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